In All My Career…Stories from the ED


 

Here is the first monthly story, sent to us by John Rogers. Please email Tracy Napper (tnapper@acep.org) with your stories today!

I never expected to buy Satan a Coke.
John Rogers

One night a family brought their 25 year old son in because he had been acting strangely. The nurses went to do their assessment and quickly came back to the nurses’ station saying we needed to call Security and call the Sheriff and to call everyone to come and help restrain him. They said he was kicking at them, spitting at them, and was generally uncooperative and threatening.

I said “Don’t call anyone yet.” and decided to go and talk to the young man myself first.

On entering the room I introduced myself, “Hello, I am Dr. Rogers. What is your name?”

“I am Satan.” he replied.

“Very nice to meet you, Mister Satan. Now look, your family brought you here because they were worried about you. The nurses need to check your blood pressure and temperature and take some blood for tests. They can’t do that if you are spitting and hitting them. Will you let them do that?” I said.

He looked at me and merely replied, “I want a Coke.”

I bargained with him, “So if I get you a Coke, you will allow the nurses to check you and draw blood?”

“Yeah, sure.”

And thus it was my first and only encounter with Satan on a first name basis and the only time I had the occasion to buy him a Coke.

  1. #1 by Darren - August 5th, 2011 at 15:01

    Well done Doc. That type of communication is taught sales school 101. So if I can do that for you, Are you happy to go ahead with us. Great closing line Doc, and it was a win-win for everyone. I’m glad you were able to control Satan and settle him down.

  2. #2 by Nick - August 5th, 2011 at 15:57

    You made a deal with the devil.

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