Take a look at this, its bacteria!
It’s that time of year… no, not Christmas! In our house it’s Dentist time! While training I was told by a wise veterinary friend that “Doctors shouldn’t treat pets or teeth; they’re not vets or dentists…” and after a course of “stored-up” Metronidazole hadn’t helped my “sensitive tooth” my routine check-up visit has turned into “a repair appointment”. I should have taken my friend’s excellent advice…my issue was not an infection and my abilities in dental diagnosis are clearly lacking! However as Microbiologists we are allowed to consider the causes of dental infections and how they might lead to patients needing antibiotic treatment or even being admitted to hospital.
“What time did you go to the Dentist?”
“Two thirty” (Ha ha Tooth hurty, tee hee!)
The Microbiologists were out having their Christmas curry together when the oncall phone twitched into action. Looking around the table, under pulled crackers and wrapping paper, the oncall Microbiologist (the only one not drinking!) took the call while the others ordered some more drinks and food… It was a noisy gathering as Microbiologists don’t get out much…
The waiter looked expectantly to take more drinks orders….
“I’m sure she said a mango lassie, I’ll get her one …yes… one mango lassie please and five cobra beers and another taka dahl, thanks”. The waiter scuttled off.
“I ordered you the mango lassie” said the (tipsy off duty) Microbiologist
“Why did you get me a lassie?” asked the oncall Microbiologist.
“You said mango lassie while on the phone… when we were ordering more drinks… didn’t you!?!”
“No… that was the Med Reg from the Royal Free, saying they thought one of contacts of the Dutch Lassa fever cases might be transferred to us for follow up and thought we’d like to be aware, as it was in the news and may cause us a call or two if the local media get to know!”… continuing… [and huffing] “Really… its 10:30 on Friday night, I do not need to know this oncall, but everyone wants their minute of fluster and fame!!” … “Mango lassie…?! You lot need a hearing test or less Cobra beer!” said the oncall Microbiologist.
“5 Cobras and a mango lassie…” said the waiter with impeccable timing!
The Microbiologists crumpled in laughter and thanked the waiter who just looked puzzled and said he’d bring over the dahl.