A business executive injured his leg skiing one weekend. By
the time he got home Saturday, the leg was very swollen and
he was having difficulty walking, so he called his physician
at his home. The doctor told him to soak it in hot water.
He tried soaking it in hot water but the leg became more
swollen and painful. His maid saw him limping and said, "I
don't know, I'm only a maid, but I always thought it was
better to use cold water, not hot, for swelling."
He tried switching to cold water and the swelling rapidly
subsided. On Sunday afternoon he called his Dr. again to
complain. "Say, what kind of a doctor are you anyway? You
told me to soak my leg in hot water and it got worse. My maid
told me to use cold water and it got better."
"Really?" answered the doctor, "I don't understand it. My
maid said to use hot water."