At the Hospital
Mrs. Clarke has had an accident. She is at the accident and emergency unit in the hospital waiting for an examination…
Doctor: Good evening Madam, what has happened? How can I help you?
Mrs. Clarke: Well... I slipped on the wet floor a couple of hours ago and at first, it seemed to be nothing serious, but now I have a terrible pain in my knee and in my ankle too, and ... I can barely walk now... I’m worried that my left leg might be broken!
Doctor: OK, let me see… Please, take off your sandal gently. I’m going to ask you to move it a little bit… Does it hurt if I twist it like this?... We’ll have to X-ray your leg to check for any broken bones...
Mrs. Clarke: Oh yes, it does! Please...I can’t bear this pain any longer! To be honest, I’ve just taken a pain killer at home, but it’s not working.
Doctor: Your ankle and knee are both swollen and a bit inflamed. Your ankle doesn’t seem to be broken. It’s probably badly sprained. Ankle sprains generally heal within a few days. Let me check your knee now... can you bend your leg this way?
Mrs. Clarke: Well...it aches a lot, but I still can bend it. I hope I won’t need a splint...What do you think?
Doctor: There’s no need to get worried...a bandage will be enough for a few days. I recommend resting your leg for some days and avoiding exercise.
Mrs. Clarke: OK. And what should I do to soothe this pain?
Doctor: I’ll prescribe you some strong painkillers. Take these tablets every six hours for five days and apply this ointment twice a day for a week. You should change the bandage every two days too. That’s all.
Mrs. Clarke: OK, I’ll do that. Thank you so much!
To come around
To become conscious again after an illness or an operation
One hour after the operation, she started to come around.
To shake something off
To get rid of an illness
I really hope I can shake this cold off before the weekend.
To pass out
To become unconscious for a short period of time.
When the ball hit her on the head, she passed out.
To pick something up
To start to suffer from something
She picked up the cold when she was- on holiday.
To come down with something
To start to suffer symptoms of an illness.
I think I’m starting to come down with the flu.