History Series / UntoldStoriesOfTheER

16th Feb '18 5:43:19 PM NoriMori
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* AprilFoolsPlot: At least one episode has a subplot that takes place on April Fools' Day. When a hospital volunteer suddenly presents with confusion that clears up just as abruptly, her fiancé believes she's just flexing her acting skills by playing an April Fool's joke. [[spoiler:She's not]].
** At the end of the episode:
--->'''Her:''' Do you still wanna marry me?\\
'''Him:''' Of course! Do you still wanna marry me, after I was such a jerk?\\
'''Her:''' No. I don't.\\
''[long pause]''\\
'''Her:''' April Fools!
16th Feb '18 4:26:16 PM NoriMori
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** Some of the "bad victims" aren't even actually victims: One "patient" faked unconsciousness to escape an argument with his wife, diverting time, personnel, and resources from other patients in the emergency department. (For the record, the argument with his wife was because he cheated on her at a bachelor party, so no sympathy there either.) His wife was also worried sick, and wracked with guilt thinking she had caused his condition somehow by yelling at him. Not only that, but the paramedics and staff treating him wasted time and energy taking precautionary measures against what they assumed to be a contagious rash which turned out to be lipstick from whoever he was cheating with. (And it's implied to have been multiple people, as the doctor notices there is more than one colour of lipstick.) Both the doctor and the wife are completely pissed when they realize he was faking, and the doctor does not hold back in upbraiding him for it.



** Another non-victim is a young armed forces veteran with a bad case of MunchausenSyndrome, who makes it appear that he has razor blades in his stomach by taping the blades to his dog tags and then putting the dog tags under his back when he gets X-rayed. Meanwhile, he regales the staff and fellow patients with stories from his time in the forces, revelling in the attention and sympathy. When his deception is discovered, he tries to use his veteran status to guilt the staff for calling him out. The only possible sympathy here is for the fact that he has an untreated mental disorder.
** Another non-victim is a drug-seeking patient who fakes abdominal pain to get morphine. When the doctor refuses to administer more medication after finding nothing wrong, she yells at him and threatens to report him before storming out. ([[spoiler:The doctor pulls a fast one on her by phoning his identical twin, who works at the hospital she said she would head to next.]]) Again, the only possible source of sympathy here is that the patient obviously has an addiction.

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** Another non-victim is a young armed forces veteran with a bad case Some of MunchausenSyndrome, who makes it appear that he has razor blades in his stomach by taping the blades to his dog tags and then putting the dog tags under his back when he gets X-rayed. Meanwhile, he regales the staff and fellow patients with stories from his time in the forces, revelling in the attention and sympathy. When his deception is discovered, he tries to use his veteran status to guilt the staff for calling him out. The only possible sympathy here is for the fact that he has an untreated mental disorder.
** Another non-victim is a drug-seeking patient who fakes abdominal pain to get morphine. When the doctor refuses to administer more medication after finding nothing wrong, she yells at him and threatens to report him before storming out. ([[spoiler:The doctor pulls a fast one on her by phoning his identical twin, who works at the hospital she said she would head to next.]]) Again, the only possible source of sympathy here is that the patient obviously has an addiction.
"bad victims" aren't even actually victims. See PlayingSick.


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* PlayingSick: Sometimes the patients are faking it, oftentimes to get narcotics, or avoid something unpleasant.
** One "patient" faked unconsciousness to escape an argument with his wife, diverting time, personnel, and resources from other patients in the emergency department. (For the record, the argument with his wife was because he cheated on her at a bachelor party, so no sympathy there either.) His wife was also worried sick, and wracked with guilt thinking she had caused his condition somehow by yelling at him. Not only that, but the paramedics and staff treating him wasted time and energy taking precautionary measures against what they assumed to be a contagious rash which turned out to be lipstick from whoever he was cheating with. (And it's implied to have been multiple people, as the doctor notices there is more than one colour of lipstick.) Both the doctor and the wife are completely pissed when they realize he was faking, and the doctor does not hold back in upbraiding him for it.
** A young armed forces veteran had a bad case of MunchausenSyndrome; he made it appear that he has razor blades in his stomach by taping the blades to his dog tags and then putting the dog tags under his back when he gets X-rayed. Meanwhile, between tests, he regales the staff and fellow patients with stories from his time in the forces, reveling in the attention and sympathy. When his deception is discovered, he tries to use his veteran status to guilt the staff for calling him out. The only possible sympathy here is for the fact that he has an untreated mental disorder.
** Another case is a drug-seeking patient who fakes abdominal pain to get morphine. When the doctor refuses to administer more medication after finding nothing wrong, she yells at him and threatens to report him before storming out. ([[spoiler:The doctor pulls a fast one on her by phoning his identical twin, who works at the hospital she said she would head to next.]]) Again, the only possible source of sympathy here is that the patient obviously has an addiction.
** One patient complains of paralysis and intense pain in his legs. All tests come back normal, and he insists he needs strong pain medication, so the doctor suspects he's faking in order to get drugs. Despite the patient's impressive acting not responding to even the most painful stimuli the doctor can muster the doctor decides to discharge him (in a wheelchair). Eventually, they spot the patient on security cameras as he gets out of the wheelchair and steals drugs from a cabinet. (Ironically, he sustains an actual leg injury when he gets tackled by security guards.)
11th Feb '18 12:14:06 PM Sharlee
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** The ''entire staff'' joins in on this trope when the stickler charge nurse refuses to let a car crash victim's injured dog - the former military-service dog of the victim's husband, who'd recently died in Afghanistan - be treated for a collapsed lung. Not only do the [=EMT=]s hide the animal in their ambulance so the charge nurse won't see it, but the X-ray techs sneak their gear out to the ambulance bay to image its chest, and a whole crowd of nurses shield the gurney from her sight when they bring the dog inside for a chest-tube that keeps it alive until a vet can finally arrive.

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** The ''entire staff'' joins in on this trope when the stickler charge nurse refuses to let a car crash victim's injured dog - the former military-service dog of the victim's husband, who'd recently died in Afghanistan - be treated for a collapsed lung. Not only do the [=EMT=]s hide the animal in their ambulance so the charge nurse won't see it, but the X-ray techs sneak their gear out to the ambulance bay to image its chest, and a whole crowd of nurses shield the gurney from her sight when they bring the dog inside for a chest-tube that keeps chest-tube, keeping it alive until a vet can finally arrive.
11th Feb '18 12:13:03 PM Sharlee
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** The ''entire staff'' joins in on this trope when the stickler charge nurse refuses to let a car crash victim's injured dog - the former military-service dog of the victim's husband, who'd recently died in Afghanistan - be treated for a collapsed lung. Not only do the EMTs hide the animal in their ambulance so the charge nurse won't see it, but the X-ray techs sneak their gear out to the ambulance bay to image its chest, and a whole crowd of nurses shield the gurney from her sight when they bring the dog inside for a chest-tube that keeps it alive until a vet can finally arrive.

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** The ''entire staff'' joins in on this trope when the stickler charge nurse refuses to let a car crash victim's injured dog - the former military-service dog of the victim's husband, who'd recently died in Afghanistan - be treated for a collapsed lung. Not only do the EMTs [=EMT=]s hide the animal in their ambulance so the charge nurse won't see it, but the X-ray techs sneak their gear out to the ambulance bay to image its chest, and a whole crowd of nurses shield the gurney from her sight when they bring the dog inside for a chest-tube that keeps it alive until a vet can finally arrive.
11th Feb '18 12:12:14 PM Sharlee
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** The ''entire staff'' joins in on this trope when the stickler charge nurse refuses to let a car crash victim's injured dog - the former military-service dog of the victim's husband, who'd recently died in Afghanistan - be treated for a collapsed lung. Not only do the EMTs hide the animal in their ambulance so the charge nurse won't see it, but the X-ray techs sneak their gear out to the ambulance bay to image its chest, and a whole crowd of nurses shield the gurney from her sight when they bring the dog inside for a chest-tube that keeps it alive until a vet can finally arrive.
11th Feb '18 12:04:48 PM Sharlee
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* RunningGag: In the high-heeled-shoe-puncture case, the doctor's attempts to explain what a spleen is for keeps getting interrupted at exactly the same point. She eventually gets fed up and tells the newest interrupter to wait so she can ''finally'' finish.

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* RunningGag: In the high-heeled-shoe-puncture case, the doctor's attempts to explain what a spleen is for keeps keep getting interrupted at exactly the same point. She eventually gets fed up and tells the newest interrupter to wait so she can ''finally'' finish.
11th Feb '18 12:03:59 PM Sharlee
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* RunningGag: In the high-heeled-shoe-puncture case, the doctor's attempts to explain what a spleen is for keeps getting interrupted at exactly the same point. She eventually gets fed up and tells the newest interrupter to wait so she can ''finally'' finish.
5th Dec '17 6:47:59 PM NoriMori
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->''"These are the real stories of the ER, that doctors never talk about."''
11th Nov '17 8:53:30 AM NoriMori
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** Another non-victim is a drug-seeking patient who fakes abdominal pain to get morphine. When the doctor refuses to administer more medication after finding nothing wrong, she yells at him and threatens to report him before storming out. ([[spoiler:The doctor pulls a fast one on her by phoning his identical twin, who works at the hospital she said she would head to next.]]) Again, the only possible source of sympathy here is that the patient obviously has an addiction.* GroinAttack: Usually [[WhatAnIdiot self-inflicted.]]

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** Another non-victim is a drug-seeking patient who fakes abdominal pain to get morphine. When the doctor refuses to administer more medication after finding nothing wrong, she yells at him and threatens to report him before storming out. ([[spoiler:The doctor pulls a fast one on her by phoning his identical twin, who works at the hospital she said she would head to next.]]) Again, the only possible source of sympathy here is that the patient obviously has an addiction.* GroinAttack: Usually [[WhatAnIdiot self-inflicted.]]
11th Nov '17 8:50:08 AM NoriMori
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* GroinAttack: Usually [[WhatAnIdiot self-inflicted.]]
** A patient came in about an erection he'd had for a few hours after taking Viagra. When his wife arrives and discovers his mistress there, the ensuing fight starts with one woman reaching across his bed to attack the other, leaning right over his groin and causing him even more pain.
** One patient had taken black market Viagra to surprise his girlfriend for Valentine's Day. Problem was it was horse Viagra and he went into the ER after the third day with the erection. The urologist was called as the blood was so clotted it had to be manually drained with surgery.
** Another patient had this when his girlfriend suggested he stick his penis into a camping stove and she would.... have relations with him on the other side. Needless to say, he got stuck and had to come into the ER with the stove still attached. A urologist had to drain blood out to reduce the swelling so the stove could be removed.



** Another non-victim is a drug-seeking patient who fakes abdominal pain to get morphine. When the doctor refuses to administer more medication after finding nothing wrong, she yells at him and threatens to report him before storming out. ([[spoiler:The doctor pulls a fast one on her by phoning his identical twin, who works at the hospital she said she would head to next.]]) Again, the only possible source of sympathy here is that the patient obviously has an addiction.

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** Another non-victim is a drug-seeking patient who fakes abdominal pain to get morphine. When the doctor refuses to administer more medication after finding nothing wrong, she yells at him and threatens to report him before storming out. ([[spoiler:The doctor pulls a fast one on her by phoning his identical twin, who works at the hospital she said she would head to next.]]) Again, the only possible source of sympathy here is that the patient obviously has an addiction.* GroinAttack: Usually [[WhatAnIdiot self-inflicted.]]
* GroinAttack: Usually [[WhatAnIdiot self-inflicted.]]
** A patient came in about an erection he'd had for a few hours after taking Viagra. When his wife arrives and discovers his mistress there, the ensuing fight starts with one woman reaching across his bed to attack the other, leaning right over his groin and causing him even more pain.
** One patient had taken black market Viagra to surprise his girlfriend for Valentine's Day. Problem was it was horse Viagra and he went into the ER after the third day with the erection. The urologist was called as the blood was so clotted it had to be manually drained with surgery.
** Another patient had this when his girlfriend suggested he stick his penis into a camping stove and she would.... have relations with him on the other side. Needless to say, he got stuck and had to come into the ER with the stove still attached. A urologist had to drain blood out to reduce the swelling so the stove could be removed.
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