3 A.M.

0300 hours exactly. The call is for a possible allergic reaction. The firemen are already rolling their eyes as we arrive.

I’m greeted by a woman with a history of diabetic neuropathy, with attendant foot pain. She tells me she had a cortisone shot in her knee at 1000 the previous day, and she’s afraid she’s having a reaction to it now. 17 hours later. Because her foot hurts.

Umm, yeah. (*sigh*) Just get in the ambulance. I’m not going to argue about it now; I can write the report and be back in bed by 0400.

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