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-Working At The Hospital-
Lesson 77 – Working at the Hospital
Sophie and John are a nurse and a doctor, respectively, at the same hospital. They started their internship together and got together almost immediately. After being together for five years they finally decided to get a mortgage and moved into a lovely house in a very nice and quiet neighbourhood. Last year, they were able to combine a housewarming party with that of New Year’s. The party was a great success and everyone had a wonderful time, they were looking forward to having another one. However, it was not possible to host another party, this year, as they are both on-call at the hospital.
The Christmas season and New Year’s can be quite busy and there is often a lot of people to see to. People drink and are not on their best behaviour, the kitchen is working overtime, with the oven, the hobs, microwaves and other electrical equipment being used, all at the same time, to prepare the delicious festive meal. Families gather together, occupying homes to capacity and with the excitement and spirits of the festive season, people can let down their guard.
Sophie and John both have their work cut out for them, and look after many patients. A young lady comes in with some serious burns. This is a very common accident to see during this time of year. Boiling vegetables, making gravy, steaming food and oven baking are all opportunities for people to burn themselves if they do not take precautions. Trying to keep others out of the kitchen, avoiding alcohol while cooking, and wiping up spills, are all steps we can take to preventing accidents in this potentially dangerous environment.
Another patient managed to take a tumble down the stairs and broke his arm. A guest at a friend’s house, he was on his way to the bathroom when he tripped on a toy car belonging to his friend’s child. By leaving a light on and avoiding leaving clutter after a day of opening presents is an effective way to reduce such occurrences.
As pretty as they are, Christmas tree lights can create an accident risk if they are not checked properly. Shocks, burns and even fires can occur should the lights be faulty. Regularly checking them and purchasing new lights rather than using the same ones year after year can protect the safety of you and your family.
One poor victim came in with a terrible bout of food poisoning. Having been looking forward to a roast dinner of turkey, roast potatoes and sprouts, he was dismayed to find, a day later, his stomach seizing up and he was constantly vomiting. The day after, his situation had not improved and so he decided it best that he take a visit to the hospital.
Of course, excessive drinking during the festive season is one of the biggest causes of accidents, sometimes, unfortunately with fatalistic results. One of the major contributing factors is people’s insistence on driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. Judgement is impaired and confidence is increased, catching people off guard, slowing reaction time and decreasing risk awareness. More so during the winter should caution be exercised, as roads can be wet and icy. The answer to this, simply don’t! Do not drive your car to a party. If you decide to have a drink give your car keys to someone who is responsible.
Sophie and John certainly have their work cut out for them this year but they do their job to the best of their ability and manage to help many people. By the end of their shift they are completely exhausted and cannot wait to go home to bed. They decide to have a party next week at their lovely home and invite all their friends. Their experiences this evening have given them plenty to consider when they have their party.
Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1:
Summary Statements Comprehension Quiz 2:
Drag and Drop Quiz 3:
I meant B for Barcelona, not V for Valencia!
They share a love for flamenco.
Here is a snack for your long journey.
I have been waiting for you for over an hour!
I bought this for under €5
He is admired for his talent.
I must apologise for my child’s bad behaviour.
He always blames me for being late.
Madrid is famous for the Prado.
They might have found a cure for HIV.
You must revise more for these final exams.
I wanted to congratulate you for passing your driving test!
Would you be interested in exchanging your car for mine?
I was hoping for something better.
Are all the preparations for the party ready?
Thank you for coming to help me so quickly!
It has all been paid for.
He used to work for M&S as a consultant.
He is responsible for all this mess.
Is this another idea of his?
This whole meeting was a waste of time!
All his furniture is made of wood.
We are moving to the North of London.
Will your parents approve of this new haircut?
She suspects her husband of cheating on her.
This game consists of three steps.
I truly believe that he is capable of passing this exam.
There is total lack of respect among these people.
He grew tired of hearing the same excuses over and over again.
This view has just reminded me of my trip to Sicily.
John had been engaged to Sarah for over a year now.
Let me introduce you to my cousin.
Are you related to one another?
Welcome to Ibiza!
What is on your mind?
I usually go to the gym on Mondays and Thursdays.
I am looking for a dictionary on architecture, from English to French.
He is here on business.
The guard is on duty until the change of shift at 10 p.m.
Did you do that on purpose?
I totally understand why he did it, yet, on the other hand…
This last round of drinks is on the house!
I couldn’t get through all day, she must have been on the telephone.
On the whole I did enjoy this trip!
Are you on holiday/vacation?
He is never on time.
Do you mind waiting here on your own for a minute?
It all depends on the weather.
He insisted on driving.
Can we rely on public service?
I left the keys on the table.
|Phrasal Verb||Synonym or meaning(s)||Example(s) in use|
|to look after||to take care of||Is the babysitter looking after us tonight?|
|to look ahead||to think of the future||It’s time to move on and look ahead,|
|to look down on||to consider inferior||He looks down on classmates with bad grades.|
|to look on||to be a spectator||I will just be looking on! You kids go skiing without me!|
|to look for||to search for, to try to find||I have been looking for this watch for weeks.|
|to look forward to||to anticipate or awaitwithpleasure/excitement||I am looking forward to the summer.|
|to look into||to check, to study||I will look into his case before i get involved.|
|to look up to||to admire||He looks up to his father.|
|to look up||to research||I will have to look that word up. I don’t understand its meaning.|
|to see off||to say goodbye||They saw me off at the train station.|
|to see to||to make sure something is done, to check||I will see to the children.|
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