That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It!
Or, My Urine is Always Blue, Why Do You Ask?
Here is another in our occasional series of oddball collector stories.
“A donor hands his specimen to the collector, and the specimen is the same blue color as the water in the toilet. The specimen is also cool, out of temperature range. The collector informs the donor that he will have to submit another specimen. The donor protests, explaining that his urine is always this blue color because of the enormous quantities of blue Gatorade he drinks. The collector, who also happens to be a nurse, is pretty sure that’s not the case and tells the donor that. The donor continues to insist that his urine is always blue. But what about the cool temperature of the specimen? The donor explains that the Gatorade he drinks is almost frozen – really, really cold – and that is why his specimen is cool. The donor finally agrees to the observed collection and produces a specimen of normal color and within temperature range. When asked to explain why his second specimen was different in color and temperature from the first specimen, the donor says that he has been in the collection site so long that he has not been able to drink his blue Gatorade that is on ice in his car and his urine has warmed up.”
While persistence has its merits, we are not sure anyone deserves credit for so stubbornly sticking to an implausible story.
This story came originally from a student in one of our Specimen Collector classes.