Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Borough Manager's Painful Operation

A local hospital submitted a request to its local borough planning commission for a permit to expand its existing facility.  Strongly opposed by the borough manager, the hospital's permit request was denied.  Tension between the borough government and hospital staff was now at an all time high. 

A few weeks passed and, as luck would have it, the borough manager's appendix ruptured and he was rushed to the  hospital's emergency room and taken in for emergency surgery.  Following his surgery, the doctors and nurses who operated on him met with him in the recovery room to assure him the operation was a success and all went well. 

After being taken up to his room, he began to feel a terrible pain in his lower abdomen region.  It was an odd sensation as if something were pulling tightly on his skin and stomach hairs.

The pain seemed to grow more intense as time went on and he began to worry that perhaps his surgery went worse then he was told.  He just had to see what was causing the pain and making him feel so uncomfortable.  Mastering the courage, he lifted the bed sheet and pulled up his hospital gown to look down where they operated. 
There across his lower abdomen were four wide strips of surgical adhesive tape - the broad thick kind that doesn't come off easily.  Written on the strips of tape with a large red magic marker was:  Get well soon from all your friends at the hospitalEvery doctor and nurse, as well as most of the staff including those who worked in the cafeteria and in the maintenance department, had signed the tape. 

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