Although this story is not work-related, it does involve technology so I'll justify it accordingly.
Yesterday my son, Philip, had orthopedic surgery performed on his knee to remove some particles that had accumulated there. All went well, especially considering the surgeon thought from the MRI image that there was torn meniscus material. I guess the doc needs to take a remedial course in MRI interpretation.
Anyway, while in the recovery area, Philip was hooked up to the normal suite of vital sign monitoring equipment. One machine displayed blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, respiration, etc. After gaining near full consciousness, he was getting very antsy and want to get up and out of the surgical center. I noted the heart rate display and told him that it was a representation of the percentage of consciousness the patient was experiencing, and that he would not be released until he was at or above 90%.
Being young (20) and athletic (3rd degree black belt, etc.), his heart rate was a mere 58-60 beats per minute. I told him if he would move around a bit that he activity would increase his consciousness level, so, he moved around. Of course that increased his heart rate so the indication rose to about 75 bpm. He was certain he was on his way to a discharge until the number began falling back to 60 again. He moved around again to get the level up again, and again it fell. At that rate, I told him, he might have to be admitted as an overnight patient.
He finally figured out that I was exploiting his not-yet-fully-undrugged state. Ah, it’s nice to get back at your kids every once in a while for some of the grief they’ve caused you over the years!!!
- Kirt Blattenberger
RF Cafe Progenitor & Webmaster