Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Smallpox. Who Knew?

As I wish a Merry Christmas (albeit late) and a Happy New Year (albeit late) to you all while I receive a rejection from SGUL (albeit early. and post interview. FML. Don't worry, they at least told me before Christmas. FML), I have a story to share. So gather round girls and boys while I cheer myself up.

As a Healthcare Assistant/Auxiliary Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Call it whatever you like love - I'm still paid AfC Band 2/Nursing bitch, I don't get to see much of the A&E world aside from majors, and the occasional times I'm allowed to play in minors, with the odd few times (usually nights) I wander into resus and stay there for a few hours.

But I'm never allowed into triage. Well, not never, I did "shadow" during my supernumerary week in triage.

But coming off a night shift, one of our day nurses is trying to track down one of her patients and is cycling through the system trying to find the name. Just so happens, it appears a patient checked themself in with "? smallpox" on that day.

Smallpox. The only disease that man has successfully eradicated. Nice. Who knew it was still knocking around in London?