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The Elderly Patient

Sleeping Patient

The elderly patient, in mask and gown, had just woken up and was struggling to get the nurse’s attention.  Finally he blurted out: "Are my testicles black?"

The young nurse gave him a startled look, and he repeated the question.  "Are my testicles black?"

She went to the nurses station to talk to her supervisor, the senior nurse on duty.  The senior nurse went in to visit the patient.  "What can I help you with today," she asked.

The patient seemed agitated.  "Are my testicles black?"

Well, the senior nurse, who’d seen everything, decided it wouldn’t hurt to have a quick peek.  "No, sir," she said.  "Your testicles aren’t black."

The patient struggled to sit up and pulled down his mask:


from John Combs

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