1. I was at a party, and one of my friends gave me a little white tablet. I’d had a few drinks and I was feeling good, and I took it, even though I didn’t know what it was. It made me feel, like, really weird. I could see and hear really strange things, and it scared me. I still don’t feel normal today, and I’m very worried.
2. It’s not due until next month, but when I was washing up this morning there
was a little blood. It worried me. Then I got these pains.
3. I was working high up on a ladder. My foot slipped and I fell. I hit my head but there’s no blood and I don’t feel too bad.
4. I was walking by the river, and I think I stepped on it and it bit me. I don’t know what type it was but it was long and silver with a black head.
5. I was looking in the mirror and I saw this big spot on my face. I checked it on the Internet and I’m sure I’ve got cancer. Do you think I’m going to die?
N = nurse, P = patient.
N Mustapha, isn’t it?
P Yes, that’s right.
N So, what happened to you?
P I was working on a ladder. It was raining and I slipped and fell.
N Did you hit your head?
P Yes. I saw stars and felt sick at first. But now it’s OK.
N I see. You may have concussion.
First, I’ll take down your details and fill in this form. So, what’s your surname?
P It’s Hussein.
N Can you spell that for me?
N What’s your occupation?
P I’m a painter.
N Right. What’s your date of birth?
P First of the ninth, eighty-two.
N One, nine, eighty-two… and where were you born?
P Karachi, Pakistan.
N What’s your marital status?
N Are you married?
P No, I’m single.
N And do you have a contact telephone number for your next of kin?
P 07709-401229 – it’s my brother, Yusuf.
N Do you smoke?
N How many do you smoke a day?
P Twenty a day.
N Uh huh. Do you drink?
N Right. Are you allergic to anything?
N Now, family history. Do any of your close family suffer from any of the following – mental illness?
P My mother’s parents are both diabetic.
N Maternal grandparents… diabetes. Tuberculosis?