Thursday, May 17, 2012


The other day when I was leaving the hospital, this guy sitting on a bench with a laptop stopped me, "Hey, can you tell me how to spell 'resuscitate'?"

I guess a doctor's as good a person to ask as any. Maybe not me though. (For the record, I did spell it right for him.)


  1. My former partner couldn't spell worth shit...which was the reason why his notes were so hard to read...if he didn't know a word, he'd scribble something. The first letter was legible then a scrawl.

    Yes, he admitted this to me after I bitched about trying to figure out what was going on in an unstable patient. Pissed me off.

  2. I'm a terrible speller as well. I don't know what it is. I keep a small notepad with words that I often misspell and will sometimes practice at home, but it just doesn't seem to click for me. When I write a note I'm constant flipping back and forth to Google to check words. It's huge pain in the butt, and I'm always kind of embarrassed by it.

  3. not a bad pickup line. your reply could have worked it in many ways.

  4. "That would be 'C. P. R.'" ;-)

    Once a nurse asked a doc how to spell "recommend" and he replied "r-e-c-period"

  5. I was on a rotation where my staff did not want to abbreviate anything, for clarity. It made sense, but it turned out I forgot how to spell most usually abbreviated words. Like milligrams.