Ryan's Journal

"My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?" — David Mitchell

Lafayette, California

Posted at 2:45 pm, January 28th, 2005

Aaron is back in town for the weekend, and after a few weeks of paramedic rotations has all kinds of valuable tidbits to offer on the subject of wiener catheters — the number one recommendation is that, should you ever be admitted to the hospital and asked for a urine sample, no matter how dehydrated you may be, the correct response is always “Yes, I can do that, no problem”. Remember this advice — I won’t relay all of his stories, but one of the better ones involved a 96 year old patient who mumbled and was difficult to understand, but who suddenly and very coherently yelled “Hey! P! A! I! N!”

The evening’s other big discovery was made while going through the parent’s garage. While I was checking out some dusty boxes I heard a yell of distress and some disgusted coughing from the other corner of the garage. Turning around, Aaron was standing there with a disintegrating old pouch. He handed it to me saying “Dude, check out this bag of stench and pain”. Stench. And pain. I declined.

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