I was sitting around the ER a few days ago when I came up with an idea.  What if, for one day, we asked our patients to summarize their reason for coming to the hospital in five words or less?

In an age of too much data, too many computer fields and far too much confusion, five words would be a nice break for some folks.

‘I have a swollen spot.’

‘I am having trouble breathing.’

‘I am out of Lortab.’

‘Keep me out of jail.’

‘Crushing chest pain right here.’

‘Need material for disability application.’

‘I am really very lonely.’

‘I just want to die.’

‘I just want him to die.’

‘Meth makes me feel bad.’

What an elegant, almost poetic way to take a history!  Contributions welcome.


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