Overheard in the triage area of Roger Williams Hospital , nearing the end of a long shift, as a patient waited on our stretcher to be transfered to the theirs:
"I need a manual to raise it?"
"No, it's a manual raise."
"If we were in Spain would it be a Manuel' raise?"
"Everything is Manuel in Spain."
"How do you know?"
"I just do."
"If we were in Portugal would it be a Manny raise?"
"Maybe in Fall River"
"In France is it an Emmanuel raise?"
"Only if it's a female stretcher."
"This is a male stretcher."
"So it's a manual raise."
"Emmanuel is an erotic movie."
"Erotic movies always give me a lift."
"I always get a rise out of erotic movies."
"Ah, so it's an Erotic Manual French Raising Stretcher."
I pumped the foot pedal and the hospital stretcher rose to the height of ours. Our patient refused any additional help and scooted over, happy to be rid of us.