A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.
I know you’re talking about me. I can hear you in here, in room number 3 near the nurses station. You’re talking about some of the others too but mostly you’re talking about me. There’s “the hip” and “the tweaker with the MI,” a “bleed” and “high 5 with PCP.” I’ve figured them all out while lying here. The last one gave me the most difficulty but I finally got it: HIV translates to “high 5” as in “high” and the roman numeral 5 combined. PCP is apparently some kind of lung infection. The “high 5” in your medical slang makes it sound like a reason to celebrate but it’s hard to believe that you think an AIDS diagnosis is grounds to throw a party. To hear you all jabber on here there’s plenty more just like them here in the ER, but those are the ones I’ve heard about so far.
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