At the doctor’s office, a woman complained that she’d been experiencing almost constant flatus. “Fortunately,” she added, “They don’t stink.”
The physician did his physical exam, and then instructed the woman, “Take two of these pills and call me in the morning.”
The woman did as instructed. In the morning, she discovered that her flatus had continued, but now the odor was horrendous. She called the doctor back.
“Well,” the doctor replied, “Now that I’ve cured your sinus problem, I’ll see what I can do about your flatus.”
Classic JNJ Humor from Doug Fletcher, RN
Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Fart, and they stop laughing.
Our focus on Colon Cancer awareness month presents us with a challenge: so much of the humor — the jokes that crack us up! — center around things that we, in polite society (or what passes for polite society) simply don’t talk about. Farting, bodily fluids, and the sheer joy of having a large camera and a surgical team get up close and personal with your colon aren’t really dinner time conversation.
Unless, of course, you’re a nurse. In that case, there’s no limit on what you’re willing to talk about, even while wolfing down what the cafeteria assures you is chili con carne. A true sign that you’ve ‘arrived’ as a nurse is the ability to clear diners from the NEXT table at the restaurant, simply by talking shop…but that’s not what we’re talking about today.
When we’re talking with colleagues, peers, and those loved ones who are well used to our stories about death, dismemberment, and slip-sliding our way through a Code Brown, almost everything is fair game. But what happens when we’re talking with our patients? Is humor appropriate, especially during procedures like colonscopies, where the patient may feel ill at ease and uncomfortable? (more…)
We would be beyond remiss if we went through Colon Cancer Awareness month without mentioning Fart-Fart.com ! Let’s face it: after you’ve worked the gastro-intestinal gig for a while, you’ll start hearing the same fart jokes over and over and over again. Mix it up with some of the great jokes from this site — and don’t miss the fart research! (Yes, really!)
And if you download a fart ring tone to covertly install on your least favorite doc’s phone…well, that’s simply not the type of thing we’d advocate. Laugh at like crazy, sure. Advocate, no.