Why is it “medic shit”?

I was asked recently why I referred to it as doing “medic shit”. The person asking assumed that because I used the word “shit” that I must not enjoy it or that it somehow was undesirable.  I gave a relatively non commital answer at the time, but on and off I’ve given thought to my answer and it dawned on me where “medic shit” came from.

One of my absolute favorite movies of all time is Top Gun, and I suppose I fancy myself as the medic version of Maveric.  I’m pretty sure my brother knows this and in fact fancies himself as Ice Man.  He’ll routinely ask “you up for this Maveric?” when we’re preparing to deal with some challenge. To which I’m expected to reply “Just a walk in the park Kazansky!” 😆😆

And of course, anyone running with me back in the day knows that my favorite “enroute music” is the theme song from Top Gun: “Danger Zone”. Nothing quite as cool as hauling ass down the road with lights running, siren blaring, and Danger Zone blasting from the speakers. Especially at night! 😉

Remember the scene from the movie where Maveric and Goose are chasing after Jester? They do a tricky maneuver and then Goose says “c’mon Mav, do some of that Pilot Shit!”  😆😆😆

So it’s only logical that when I’m dealing with a critical patient, Goose’s voice in my head says “c’mon Steve, do some of that Medic Shit!”

Right? 😉





Doing more of that medic shit…

Just finished up a neat run. Called to a local facility for patient with chest pain. RN seemed convinced it was cardiac in origin, and with the patient’s history of CHF, it could have been.

Monitor only showed A-fib (which she had a history of) and 12 lead was unremarkable beyong that. What surprised me was her lung sounds.  Right side was clear; very clear with my new stethoscope 😆.  Left side however, was dimished to the point of being almost non-existent. With a very detailed assessment I learned that the patient has had a productive cough for the last two weeks producing green and yellow mucus and was running a low grade temp. She didn’t tell her nurses about the cough for fear of being a bother. And she had been taking tylenol for pain which I’m sure helped obscure the fever.  The chest pain? Only actually on deep inspiration.

Doctor Steve thinks pneumonia 😉

On a related note, listening to her heart sounds was particularly cool, especially with the irregularity caused by the A-fib. Love that stethoscope!

I actually enjoyed the diagnostic process on this one that took me down a totally different parh than originally expected.