I can’t imagine…

…being the parent of a teenage son and being told he needs to be seen by a neurosurgeon. Mom’s initial comment to the triage nurse was that he’d had an inoperable brain tumor. After some investigating, and talking to the father, it turns out that he had a condition that didn’t NEED an operation…he had a cyst that needed to be drained. There is a big difference between an inoperable tumor and a drainable cyst. Anyway, he had a headache. A really, really bad headache. His scan suggested an aneurismal bleed, so I transferred him to the specialty hospital where his neurosurgeon was. I felt bad for the kid, he was crying, not because he was in pain, but because he was frightened by the whole situation.

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