“Walk it off” is rarely sound medical advice. You wouldn’t “walk off” malaria. Or walk off a case of shingles. Maybe the only thing you could walk off is obesity or possibly high cholesterol. But one little girl in the UK claims she was given the old sports adage as advice after seeking treatment for a broken leg.
Lucy Holmes, a 9-year-old from Bilton, England, was out roller skating with a friend when she fell trying to avoid a pothole. Her mom took her to the Hull Royal Infirmary emergency room where they waited for about six hours. Upon being seen, Lucy told the doctor she was unable to walk. The Hull Daily Mail reports, “Instead of seeking an X-ray, her family claim she was told to go home and keep trying to walk.”
Lucy inevitably came back to the hospital when the severe pains in her leg wouldn’t go away. When finally given an X-ray, it revealed she had a spiral fracture. You call that walking it off, Lucy?! Jeez!
Asked for comment, a hospital spokesman reportedly said, “For patient confidentiality reasons, we are unable to comment on the specific details of Miss Holmes’ treatment.” Her father is trying to stay equally level-headed, saying, “We are not seeking monetary compensation but we want to highlight the problems we suffered.”
Maybe he should just walk it off.
Oh wait! That’s another one! You can definitely walk off anger. Sometimes it just takes a really, really long walk. Loud screaming while you’re walking doesn’t hurt either.