Why Long John Silvers Will Kill You

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I saw an elderly gentleman for a recheck the other day.   He had a blood pressure of 190/110.  He denied any chest pain or shortness of breath and insisted that he felt fine.   I insisted that he get an EKG with his blood work.

About five minutes after he left I received his EKG in my inbox and gasped deeply when it became apparent that he was “tombstoning”.  As one might imagine, tombstoning is not a good sign.  It is a finding on an EKG that looks like a tiny little tombstone in multiple leads and leads to the patient acquiring a real tombstone of their very own.

I proceeded to call the patient in a panic, informing him that he needed to go immediately to the emergency room.

After a moment of hostile silence, he replied, “I am in the drive thru at Long John Silvers, and I am going to get my *&^%#@ fish!”

I calmly explained to him that if he stays to eat the fish, it will likely be his last meal.

He reluctantly agreed to go to the emergency room.

When I saw him back after his hospitalization and heart catheterization I joked with him about it, “Are you going to Long John Silvers today?”

He replied with a twinkle, “I went before I came this time.”

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. insanitybytes22
    Dec 13, 2015 @ 02:19:08

    Ha! You got to watch those older folks, they’re incredibly stubborn and tough.

    Reply

  2. kelliewall
    Dec 13, 2015 @ 02:35:16

    And really enjoy fried fish…

    Reply

  3. threekidsandi
    Dec 13, 2015 @ 03:19:15

    I love the food from there, but I swear it makes me feel like I am going to die…

    Reply

  4. lbeth1950
    Dec 14, 2015 @ 02:22:09

    Must be some good stuff!

    Reply

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