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ALL IN A DAY: Laughter is the Best Medicine

This page is devoted to the innocence and laughter students display daily with their school nurses.  If you would like to share a “funny” that will help lighten your colleagues’ days, visit All-in-a-Day Submission Form to submit your story.

 

From Amy of Frisco, TX:

Boy fell at recess hurting his elbow.   He came into the clinic holding his arm. 

I asked him if he had any numbness or tingling in his fingertips….Of course he did.

When I asked if I could look at his elbow he said, “Here, I’ll just take my sweatshirt off, I’m hot anyway”.  Flailing his “hurt arm” around trying to get sweatshirt off. 

Afterwards, I asked him how his arm felt now.  He looks me in the face and says ‘I still can’t more it.  It’s broken or something”.

 

From Mely of Frisco, TX:

5th grader: Hi Nurse Mely, I lost my tooth

Me: (looking at them because her hands are obviously not holding it) Where is it?

5th grader: (pointed to gap) right here

Me: No, I mean, where’s your tooth?

5th grader: I lost it.

Me: Okay, when did you lose it? (thinking she probably lost it at home)

5th grader: Today. 

Me: Okay, but where is it?

5th grader: It was loose so then it came out, and I put it in the tissue

Me: So where’s your tooth?

5th grader: I don’t know. I lost it. 

Me: OOOOOOOOh… you literally lost it. 

In all fairness, she told me she lost it. Sigh… took me a while to get it ?

 

From D’Ann of Frisco, TX:

I had a FIFTH grader come to the clinic this morning c/o itchy eyes.  I explained I had eye drops (lubricating eye drops) and that would help the irritation.  So we put eye drops in one eye and then the next eye.  The student then got hysterical screaming,  “I can’t see!! I can’t see!!” I told him to open his eyes.  It’s way too early…

 

From D’Ann of Frisco, TX:

I had a Kinder friend come to visit today.  His teacher came too.  The teacher says A has to poop.  I am a little confused as to why they are in the clinic, but ok…  She leaves and the student says, “I don’t have to poop, my arm itches.  I didn’t know if she would let me come to the clinic because I was itching, but I was pretty sure she would let me if I had to poop.”

…Oh my

 

From Mely of Frisco, TX:

2nd grade boy comes in after bumping his head at recess:

Student: “…and after I fell my eyes stayed closed for a long time so I don’t think that’s good”

Me: “Why were your eyes closed? Did you close them?”

Student: “Yes. I didn’t want woodchips to get in my eyes.”

 

From Zoila A. of Frisco, TX:

A third grade student comes running into my clinic. She is sweaty and out of breath from running in from outside. She yells, “Help! Ms. V said to get the nurse because a kid cut their leg outside and is bleeding.” I grab my emergency bag and walkie and run outside as they are out at the neighboring park/field. When I get there, I am met by a confused look from Ms. V as she states, “I said get a band aid, not the nurse.”

NURSE DRILL OVER

 

From Beth S. of Frisco, TX:

A student was walking the track with his teacher for one of his movement breaks when he started running. Suddenly he stopped and appeared to be trying to catch his breath. The teacher asked him if he had asthma. He asked what that was so she explained it to him. He said “No, I don’t have that, but I sure wish I had my inhaler!”.

 

From Cyndi G. of Frisco, TX:

While assessing a student’s peak flow value using a PF meter, a student waiting to be seen exclaimed, “That’s how my daddy starts his car!”  I acknowledged her comment with a smile and returned to assessing.  About 30 seconds later, I summoned all of my strength to stay focused and suppress a giggle when I realized she was referring to a car breathalyzer (not a funny matter but certainly a humorous moment)!

 

From Cyndi G. of Frisco, TX:

A little guy with a tummy ache visited me.  While eating crackers, he said his birthday was yesterday and he turned 6.  I said, “wow, you’re growing up!”  He asked my age, I told him “not 6 or 7.”  In fact not even 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50.  I told him I was 60, and he said, “wow, and you look normal.”

Humbled…

 

From Cyndi G. of Frisco, TX:

I had a little one (1st grader) present in the Clinic due to wheezing.  After assessing her and administering the first of two puffs from her inhaler, she asked me how someone gets asthma and if one is born with it.  She then exclaimed, “I promise, I’ve never smoked!”  I needed that laugh!

 

From Cyndi G. of Frisco, TX:

I just had a student visit the Clinic for an earache.  She said her little brother was starting kindergarten next year and that “he’ll probably come see you all the time.”  I asked why ( I shouldn’t have)…  “Because he eats his boogers as his midnight snack.”

Glad lunch is already over…