At some point, I helped take care of a patient in CCU. One day as we were helping him to the chair, I noticed what looked to be an Apple computer power source thingy laying on his bed amongst all the other assorted wires. It looked very much like the little recharger apparatus that my iPod came with. He had asked a few days earlier if it would be okay for his wife to bring in his computer to listen to music with. So I said, “Oooo! You brought your iPod!” To which he gave me a rather odd look… so I said “You know … to listen to your music?” to which he stated, “An iPod? No way…that’s just my computer. iPod’s are way too expensive for SOME of us to afford.” Which then made me feel really stupid. At around $300-$500, iPods are indeed pricey, but entirely worth it and I use mine on a daily basis. So that conversation was thus dropped, ending with a quite awkward silence, until someone helped break it by saying to me, “Hey, take his catheter bag.” Ha!
A day or so later, I happened to simply walk past this patient’s room. I noticed that his laptop Apple computer was on his bedside table (I hadn’t actually seen it in the previous conversation, just the power source). Upon closer inspection, I noted that the Apple computer sitting on his bedside table was none other than an Apple *Powerbook.*
Which retails for anywhere from $2,000-$3,000.