Thursday Born

The everyday life of a psychiatry resident (who was born on a Thursday).

The Teddy Bear Sign

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Meet Mehmet. He lives on my bed and was a gift from my boyfriend Ahmet three months before we started dating. Should I ever end up staying the night in a hospital, or several nights, Mehmet will not be joining me.


Intern: “What’s the teddy bear sign?”

Attending: *turns to me* Would you bring a teddy bear with you if you were in the hospital?

Me: Probably not.

But to be honest, the reasons I  wouldn’t are 1) because a stuffed animal I am attached to enough to want it in a stressful situation is probably one I don’t want to subject to the hospital environment and 2) I know about the teddy bear sign, and don’t want my doctors and nurses to assume I’m crazy.

Obviously, if you’re under the age of 13, no one is going to think you’re crazy for having a teddy bear with you, but by the time you hit 18? Your staff are going to be wary of you and on the lookout for psychiatric conditions.

Written by Aba

October 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm

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