New consult in emergency room this morning. Middle aged male. Me: So why did you decide to switch cardiologists? Patient: A friend told me about the practice. Me: But you are in the process of getting on the heart transplant list....changing doctors will definitely slow the process. This is a matter of life or death.… Continue reading Try to look past the bigotry….
Patient, female in her late 60's: (face is surprised when I walk in) Me: Hello! I am one of the nurse practitioners here. You are here for the pacemaker follow up correct? Patient: Yes, is the doctor seeing me too? I was really hoping to see (mentions handsome, forty something year old doctor who implanted… Continue reading The Seductress
Patient: Middle aged patient in excellent health. No medical history. Presented to ER 3 days before Hurricane Irma was expected our area with complaint of chest pain. Me: When did the symptoms start? What were you doing? Patient: About 4 hours ago. I was calling around for someone to put up my storm shutters. I… Continue reading Hurricane Preparedness
Me: So, you are coming in for hospital follow up after an Emergency Room visit for chest pain? We last saw you in the office back in May. What happened? Patient: Well actually I went to ER a few times since May. Me: How many is a few times? Patient: 9 times Me: Really?! Is everything… Continue reading ER visits, Anxiety and Cardiac Issues
Me: So tell me about the chest pain. Patient: It started when I was doing laundry. I got a squeeze in my chest, the pain moved to my left arm. I got dizzy and sweaty. Me: Wow that is frightening! Do you have high blood, pressure, high cholesterol, do you smoke? Patient: All that and… Continue reading Let’s make a deal
Patient: It will be one year tomorrow since we moved here from up North. So many changes...but we still think it was a good decision. Me: Really? That is nice. Does the rest of your family still leave up there? Patient: Yes, it is the reason why we moved here. Our only son and I… Continue reading He won’t text me back….
Me: So it has been 2 weeks since we made the medication changes. How do you feel? Patient: I feel better, but still getting chest pain. I am hoping it is acid reflux. Do you guys still want me to be on medical leave? Me: I am afraid that we cannot send you back to… Continue reading Security!
Me: You are here for your 6 month follow up. How have you been feeling? Patient: I've been better. I just found out I have an aneurysm last week. Me: Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that. Where is the aneurysm and the size? What diagnostic center did you get scanned? We will… Continue reading Dr. Google gets all the consults!!!
Patient: I hope you don't mind. We brought our yorkie(yorkie sitting in a dog carriage). He is really like a baby to us. Me: Well he is cute. However, we had some complaints in the waiting room. Your "baby" was accused of nipping at a medical assistant and barking at passerbys. Patient's husband: I know,… Continue reading The dog knows….
Me: Congratulations! Your lab results have improved! Elderly male Patient: Thanks, I have made a point to eat at home more often. Cooking was never my forte though. Me: Tell me about your living situation. Do you live alone? Patient: (with smirk on his face) Yes, are you offering to let me live with you?… Continue reading Let me take you dancing….