Midway through my intern year, one of the interns named Ryan who had previously been ambulatory suddenly started zipping around the hospital on a mobility scooter. It was quite the spectacle. I finally ran into him in the resident lounge and I had to ask: "Why are you using a scooter??"
He looked at me and sighed really loudly, "Because the hospital was out of wheelchairs."
"Huh?" I said.
"This is the ninth time someone asked me that today. I should just make up cards to pass out with an explanation, shouldn't I?" he said.
"Or you could just tell me?" I suggested.
"Knee surgery," he said. "I got into a motorcycle accident."
"So where did the scooter come from?"
"The hospital gave it to me so that I could still do my job," he explained, punctuating it with a sigh.
Maybe he should have just made up a card with an explanation.... would have been a lot less painful than trying to drag it out of him. I mean, you can't start zipping around the hospital in a scooter without expecting to generate a few questions.