Ok, they may start stopping these stories but for what it's worth-
When I worked as an attending in the outpatient clinic in the Bronx, we used to take call for patients who had questions and needed advice. One night at 11 pm I was paged to call back parents of a 7 day old. They told me the baby was "not moving." I became very concerned and told them to call 911 and get to our ER right away. I called the ER doc and gave her a heads up.
I couple of hours later I called the ER for follow up and found out that the reason the baby wasn't moving was because she was swaddled too tightly.... Maybe I was the stupid one...
My other favorite is also a Bronx ER story. We had the west nile virus encephalitis scare. One night my friend and I were covering the ER and a dad brings his 3 or 4 year old in at 5am because she "is having symptoms of encephalitis" The kid was running around. My friend saw the patient and was told this--the Dad decided around 4 am to see if the kid had symptoms of encephalitis (since he had heard so much on the news.). He woke her up from a deep sleep and offered her candy. Naturally she refused and tried to go back to sleep. He decided this was a change in mental status because "no kid refuses candy."
Oh, how I miss the Bronx.
Angela Tama Zang, MD
The Children's Hospital
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