When our minds are reeling, we often will latch on to the first random thing that comes to mind, like a song or a picture of something. Often we come to dislike that thing. Imagine if you had a stress dream about whales – you’d probably find whales dropping on your “favorite animals” list.
So this young man grabs a piece of paper and draws the first thing that comes to mind. Mustard. Was he thinking about the only right and proper condiment to add to a cheeseburger, or was he having a mustard-related nightmare? Guess we’ll never know.
Was There Anything Else?
So the lady has tennis elbow, we got that. And yeah, that is a relatively serious medical condition – it can affect a person during many day-to-day tasks and provide a lot of pain, even if there's no tennis involved.
But...it has to do with a tendon in the elbow. If someone needs to know about all the medical history, it's a footnote. Maybe an important one, if someone has work done on the arm, but for most things, it doesn't mean much. Surely there's more to talk about, Mom? No, just the tennis elbow? Okay then, just the tennis elbow.
Trust Her, She's a Doctor
While they do require similar amounts of schooling, lawyers and doctors are quite different. Our doctor friends confirm it, but the lawyers we know are still deliberating. The man who went under in this story temporarily got them mixed up, stating his wife knew all about what the doctors were telling him. She didn't unless they did a surgery that had to do with tort reform.
No matter how smart lawyers might be, they don't know everything. The knowledge that doctors possess is intense, so even those who can grasp complicated concepts easily will miss a lot. This lawyer probably did.
A Treasure Trove of Anesthesia Fun
This poor guy will have to be careful the next time he goes under the knife. Not only did he deliver a dose of confusion about his wrestling class, but he also couldn't let the pride of his people just sit in the lonely frozen food section.
Thankfully everything ended up fine here – the teacher might not have been able to get onto the mat, but he could probably still teach if he was allowed to go home right away. He also probably got some tasty ice cream to enjoy at home!
A Natural-Born Comedian
One thing about anesthesia that's pretty commonly known is that it does a number on your short-term memory. People will wake up and have family members or friends tell them they were talking about something totally off-the-wall without ever knowing it. This patient had no such problem.
We don't actually know what the joke is, though, and that's a real tragedy. A joke so good it sticks in someone's mind through an entire surgery? We must know. It could be the greatest of all time.