The medical side of psych is given to dark humor about our clients. Social workers and some psychologists are much more likely to be offended by this, even if extreme care is taken to keep the offending comments away from patients and families. The neuropsychiatric team I once worked on was even more extreme, and I understand that neurosurgery is worst (or funniest) of all. There does seem to be a correlation: the more truly pathetic a patient’s situation is, and the less able we are to restore full functioning, the grimmer the humor.
It is often difficult for student nurses and new employees to absorb. To them, it seems shameful and insulting, as perhaps it should at first hearing – or tenth hearing.
Christine was refusing to let people in her room last night, waiting in the doorway…
Sounds like badger-like behavior
Or a weasel.
No, she’s much too sizable for a weasel. A boar, maybe.
My ethology is weak. I defer to your judgement in this doctor.
Badger-like behavior. BLB. Should we have our esteemed behavioral psychologist design a program to reduce BLB’s? John?
Are you going to ramp up on her meds some more?
No, she says they’re good where they are.
May I remind you doctor, that this is a badger who is telling you her meds are fine? A badger who greets you every morning with a joyful “Horsey!” and throws her stuffed animal at you?
What is that thing? It’s not a dog.
It’s a horse.
A fairly damaged horse, I’d say. Perhaps we need to run the two of them through the MRI together.
Maybe we can fix the horse.
If it were your family member we were talking about, you’d never let us treat her. Except that families, who are often in the same sad boat, have dark humor as well.
I wonder if the angels have dark humor about us, because the pain of watching us is too much not to.