“The Spinal is Working”

A woman lies on the operating table. The medical officer and the intern are draping the patient while the scrub nurse readies her instrument tables.

An awkward smell surrounds us out of nowhere.

The nurse says, “The spinal is working,” to indicate that the patient “did it”. Poor patient hardly has the opportunity to defend herself.

I hear that phrase so often – “the-spinal-is-working” – that I become convinced it is synonymous with, “I farted, but let’s blame it on the patient who is doped up and too excited to meet her baby to notice.”

I guess we could totally blame it on the infant, too.

One night a spinal anaesthetic is done on a patient and as we settle her onto the operating table she let’s one rrrrip. A few moments of silence, then she guffaws. We laugh, she laughs. No smell this time.

Everybody settles in. I pick up my toothed forceps. “Testing…”

And then, “Cutting”.

The Spinal Works.


  1. Peace says:

    Oh God I can not stop laughing! And the video ..
    Have a wonderful day dear

  2. Borderline Med says:

    haha, a patient once let it rrrrip not once but three times when the obgyn squeezed her abdomen. Poor patient, she didn’t even notice! One of those awkward moments where you don’t know whether to laugh or not :S hilarious post πŸ˜‰

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Oh my gosh that’s hilariously awkward! πŸ˜›

  3. Gennie says:

    It must be a “regional” thing (pun intended)… I don’t think I’ve ever heard that said here. Although, I’m sure it happens πŸ™‚

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Hah! I laughed πŸ˜›

  4. Nancy Ackelson says:

    Ha! πŸ˜‰
    – Nancy

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