Jumping Out Of Bed

I remember one occasion when I was sitting in on a patient visit. I was there just as an observer. The attending was giving his elderly patient instructions about a new medication he was about to receive. The conversation went something like this:

Doctor: Make sure you don’t jump out of bed. Go slow; take your time. Sit up, get your bearings, and then stand.

Patient: Don’t worry. I haven’t jumped out of bed since I was in my 20s. And that was because her husband came home!

I don’t know if he was being serious or if it was only a joke. But I liked that patient.