Tuesday, April 01, 2008


Today I was set up with the ultimate "April Fool" joke.
I had been away from the hospital doing a bereavement group when I got a call to come back to the ICU because of a family that wanted me there when they took off life support from a mother who was dying.
I went straight to the room and stood by her only son and his friends as they removed the support. I had just shared some scripture and prayer with them and then we ha a circle of prayer.
As I was leaving the room one of our ICU nurses came to me and asked me to see a patient in another room.She told me that the man was the son of a patient who had died a year ago here at Kaiser and that he had developed the same sickness and wanted me to come. I remembered the family so I walked in the room and walked up to the patient followed by the nurse and an ICU doctor.
The patients head was covered in bandages and I was told it was a grave situation.I put my hand gently on the patients shoulder and spoke his name. I said something like, Richard this is Chaplain Martin. Do you remember when we were together when your mother was so sick. I want you to know that I'm here with you.
Then all of a sudden the nurse turned to me and said, Chaplain you need to wake him and at that ,with a sweep of her arm she hit the patient in the head and the head went flying.
Of course this was a set up. The room was filled with laughs as some of the other doctors and nurses came in to see my reaction. My first reaction was a look of surprise and then I said please call my cardiologist.
I'm so glad the staff felt free to set me up with the ultimate prank.


Blogger realityjunkie said...

It's so cool that they care about you so much to have fun with you like that. They knew you could take it. I would have loved to have seen your face :)

3:16 PM  
Blogger auntibeck said...

Oh my goodness! This is unbelievable! I would have loved to have been there... made me think of the "supplies!" joke!

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Chindo said...

That's insane! I can't believe they pulled that on you!

Hospital and graveside humor is the most dangerous thing on the planet!!!

5:26 AM  
Blogger auntibeck said...

people in the caring professions no doubt have to release the sadness and burdens in very creative ways!!!

10:43 AM  
Blogger coolskool mom said...

yeah, really, those are some weird morbid people in a hospital!!! i am not sure i would have thought that was funny!! glad you did!

2:46 PM  
Blogger The Mad Fishicist said...

Was Richard okay?

9:09 AM  
Blogger The Encourager said...

No M.F.

Things got worst.

Richard had "no body" to support him and the administration said if something like this happened again " heads would roll".

By the way my cardiologist said I should be back to normal in a few weeks.

2:44 PM  
Blogger The Mad Fishicist said...

Sounds like a real cutthroat deal. Maybe if he had his head screwed on right this never would have happened.

I'd like to see them try that in this neck of the woods.

8:50 AM  
Blogger The Encourager said...

MF -
Now you're getting a "Head" of the story. Richard has been complaining about me being a "Pain in the Neck" and has asked me not to get too "Attached". I quess I'll just have to "Roll" with the punches.

11:20 AM  
Blogger The Mad Fishicist said...

At least you got there in break neck speed. It's enough he had the weight of the world on his shoulders, let alone a numb skull.

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Encourager said...

Mad Fishicist-
Hey chowderhead.
Why don't you use your noodle and quit while your a head.
No body wants to listen to your spineless babble.
I think it all stems from your desire to make head way in your pursuit of being head and shoulders above me.. I think I need to go to the head before I get a headache.

11:53 AM  
Blogger The Mad Fishicist said...

If you weren't so brainy I'd think your head was unscrewed. Would you like to face the scalper who was headed your way? Just make sure I get a head start so I don't get a migraine.

2:12 PM  
Blogger The Chindo said...

You numbskulls. This blog is headed for the chopping block as far as I'm concerned. And that's a terrible place to beheaded. Off the top of my head I can't think of a worse blog thread!

Why don't you quit the head games and change the subject to something of value like history? There is value in discussing history's great head cases like John the Baptist, Ann Boleyn, Mary Queen of Scots, Marie Antoinette and Louis the fourteenth.

Or what about discussing the current headlines? That's one way to expand your skull capacity!

I just think you ought to stop rolling this subject around on the floor. I'm nodding off already.

You should have thought of this beforehead.

5:52 AM  
Blogger The Chindo said...

A man is waiting for wife to give birth. The doctor comes in and informs the dad that his son was born without torso, arms or legs. The son is just a head! But the dad loves his son and raises him as well as he can, with love and compassion. After 21 years, the son is old enough for his first drink. Dad takes him to the bar and tearfully tells the son he is proud of him.

Dad orders up the biggest, strongest drink for his boy. With all the bar patrons looking on curiously and the bartender shaking his head in disbelief, the boy takes his first sip of alcohol. Swoooop! A torso pops out!

The bar is dead silent; then bursts into a whoop of joy. The father, shocked, begs his son to drink again. The patrons chant "Take another drink"! The bartender still shakes his head in dismay.

Swoooop! Two arms pops out. The bar goes wild. The father, crying and wailing, begs his son to drink again. The patrons chant, "Take another drink"! The bartender ignores the whole affair. By now the boy is getting tipsy, and with his new hands he reaches down, grabs his drink and guzzles the last of it. Swoooop! Two legs pop out.

The bar is in chaos. The father falls to his knees and tearfully thanks God. The boy stands up on his new legs and stumbles to the left.... then to the right.... right through the front door, into the street, where a truck runs over him and kills him instantly.

The bar falls silent. The father moans in grief. The bartender sighs and says, "That boy should have quit while he was a head."

5:53 AM  
Blogger auntibeck said...

I really don't know where my boys are headed these days...perhaps all three are scheduled for lobotomies?

9:47 AM  
Blogger The Encourager said...

"Hair,Hair !! "
(Where, Where?)

Go to the "head" of the class.You truly are on "top" of the subject.

I'm just going to have to "face" theinevetable.I'm just a wit and my sons are half wits.

By the way did you hear about the head that was floating down the river singing " I ain't got no body, nobody's got me.?

Keep smiling until then.

9:49 AM  
Blogger The Mad Fishicist said...

Heads up guys!
Let's not crown this bean before the noodle sets in.

I'd like you to face the hangman and tell me where this is headed:
To weirs, to ice, somehow, thighs, an dan oh's.

now i gotta make like a baby...

12:40 PM  
Blogger auntibeck said...

TMF--is that some kind of riddle only really clever people can figure out? To weirs?

11:32 AM  
Blogger auntibeck said...

Two ears, two eyes, one mouth, eyes and the nose!

6:36 PM  
Blogger auntibeck said...

watt dew ewe con sider isthmus import tent? denies, ahead, oar years?

6:43 PM  

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