Posted 10-19-2004 at 14:49:45
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Saw Anvil's post below about milk replacer cups and was reminded of something that happened many years ago.
It was summertime and everyone in my family was at my parents for a cookout. I was about twenty at the time. So, that would make it about 47 years ago.
Someone showed up with a bushel of steamed Crabs to go with the beef and hamburgers my dad was fixing on the grill. Well sir, my oldest sister must have eaten a bad crab. Because, she got deathly ill and had to be rushed to the hospital.
Of course, I went along just in case my brother in law needed some help.
When we arrived at the hospital, she was immediately signed in and they began pumping her stomach. As Richard and I waited, we were asked by an orderly if we'd like a cup of coffee. Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time so we said sure. He then led is to an equipment room and proceeded to pour three cups of coffee. The only thing was, he poured it into those glass urine specimen bottles that were widely used at that time.
I cast an all knowing look at my brother in law and he responded by raising his eyebrows in a manner that said, no way am I going to drink from a Pi$$ cup. So, without showing discuss or otherwise appearing ungrateful, I said to the orderly that the coffee was too hot and that we would take it outside to cool down. We thanked him and left the room, down the corridor to an exit. Once we were safely out of sight and in the night air, we tossed the coffee onto some bushes.
Now, I know those glasses were sterile, but what if they weren't? What if someone was playing a practical joke on the orderly and switched glasses? To me it was too great a chance to take. So, I look at it as just another in a long list of decisions that I nevah regretted......gfp