The woman who brought her own furniture and other unforgettable patients


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Every month, I get an email from the editors here at Scrubs with suggestions for articles I could write. This month’s list of suggestions included “Tell us about unforgettable patients you’ve had.”

Something tells me they have No Idea What They’re Getting Into.

There was the Nobel Laureate with whom I discussed meatloaf recipes, the woman who smuggled her miniature long-haired dachshund into the room, the person who swore up and down that they were allergic to everything our patient kitchen served and so had to have nothing but McDonald’s for their entire stay. (Remembering that makes a Big Mac sound really good right now…I’m sure that’s the stress talking.)

My three most memorable patients, though, are these…

1. The Woman with the Electronic Widget

2. The Man Who was Allergic to Oxygen

3. The Woman Who Brought Her Own Furniture

First: The Woman with the Electronic Widget

Agatha Lellis
Agatha Lellis is a nurse whose coffee is brought to her every morning by a chipmunk. Bluebirds help her to dress, and small woodland creatures sing her to sleep each night. She writes a monthly advice column, "Ask Aunt Agatha," here on Scrubs; you can send her questions to be answered at

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