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Typo or humour? Discharge letter from hospital to my GP LIGHTHEARTED!

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AnyWalls Fri 15-Mar-19 23:02:09

Anywalls "showed no signs of cognitive impairment. She appeared oriented and a good historian."

For reference, this was after a bang on the head (where I may or may not have fallen over my own feet, whacked my head on the kerb and been treated for concussion).

I have no recollection of reciting historical facts to the doctor lol. Could it be a typo of some sort?

If so, any guesses as to what it's a typo of?

slipperywhensparticus Fri 15-Mar-19 23:03:41

My dad had a brain scan I asked if they found anything he replied no dear not a thing hmmgrin

The dr is just finding creative ways to say your fine grin

AnyWalls Fri 15-Mar-19 23:04:59

Maybe the bang on the head knocked some sense into me and I began randomly recalling useless facts or something lol.
Note to self, get a few more bangs on the head. It obviously suits you.

TemporaryPermanent Fri 15-Mar-19 23:05:25

grin It means you gave a good history of the accident and your own health! You knew where you were and what had happened. You gave a story that hung together, made sense and fitted the observable facts. You spoke in complete sentences and used the words you meant to use.

ashmts Fri 15-Mar-19 23:05:28

It means you could recall what happened. You gave a good history of the event

sleeplessinderbyshire Fri 15-Mar-19 23:05:32

“A good historian” is medicaleese for being with it, aware of what’s happened and able to give a good account of what happened. “Taking a history” is what doctors do when they ask you what’s happened

AnyWalls Fri 15-Mar-19 23:05:45

PMSL, they'd have been a while rooting around for mine too lol!

Chocolatecake12 Fri 15-Mar-19 23:05:46

It basically means you can remember facts from the past - such as how you fell, not actual facts from history 😂

Bigearringsbigsmile Fri 15-Mar-19 23:06:31

It means that you could give a history of the injury. You could tell the dr what happened.

AnyWalls Fri 15-Mar-19 23:07:03

Oh! How boring. I was hoping it was a typo lol. Or that I had some hidden genius for historical facts that I wasn't aware of.

greensnail Fri 15-Mar-19 23:07:25

It just means that you were able to accurately describe what had happened to you and your symptoms etc.

Sashkin Fri 15-Mar-19 23:08:44

“Good historían” means you can recount the history of your injury (ie a poor historian would say they didn’t know if they fell or not, couldn’t remember what happened, or were otherwise vague or contradictory).

When we take to patients we call it “taking a history” (history of presenting complaint, past medical history, medication history, social history etc). It comes from that.

Embracethechaos Fri 15-Mar-19 23:09:47

Lol. I work in a clinical environment and was thinking what's wrong with oriented as a historian/ clinical history is used a lot.

Sashkin Fri 15-Mar-19 23:10:05

Take=talk, stupid phone.

OrangeJuiceandArmchairs Fri 15-Mar-19 23:10:28

Yes standard message in my world as a Nurse smile

AnyWalls Fri 15-Mar-19 23:11:11

I thought I may have been reciting Shakespeare or something lol. Bless. This is why patients should not be copied on medical letters!

MissClareRemembers Fri 15-Mar-19 23:44:28

Without Googling, see if you can name Henry VIII’s wives in order. And their modes of death!

AdaColeman Fri 15-Mar-19 23:50:20

Which King won the Battle of Agincourt AnyWalls?

Glad you are OK after your tumble! smile

Lougle Fri 15-Mar-19 23:55:13

Poor historian is the term used for someone who can't give the story of why they are seeking care, or muddle up the sequence of events, or can't remember their medical conditions/what pills they take/why they take them. It's not an insult, it's a flag that it's been hard to piece together an accurate history from the patient.

Good historian is the opposite. So clear story, events in a logical order, easy to follow, etc.

AnyWalls Sat 16-Mar-19 00:02:04

Anne of Green Gables always comes to mind as one of Henry VIII's wives. grin
Damn. I thought I had hidden talents that came to light after a knock on the head.
I'm very disappointed, truth be told. sad

AnyWalls Sat 16-Mar-19 00:02:55

That was King Albert the fourth AdaColeman.

ScreamingValenta Sat 16-Mar-19 00:04:31

I'd be wondering if I'd given the doc a comprehensive account of the industrial revolution or something while I was unconscious. grin

AnyWalls Sat 16-Mar-19 00:05:52

If I hadn't asked on here, I could have gone on to become a history professor or something......... You've all ruined it.
I had ONE moment. angry

And ye had to go and ruin it.

SouthernComforts Sat 16-Mar-19 00:06:48

Oooh .. divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived?? And Catherine Parr survived because I played her in the school play aged 9 grin

AdaColeman Sat 16-Mar-19 00:10:08

grin grin I'm especially liking Anne of Green Gables as one of Henry VIII's wives, were Pollyanna and Heidi on that list too? wink

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