Sunday, December 21, 2008

Starting out

Why am I writing this?

Because my patients drive me NUTS!

Some days I want to stand on the roof of my office and scream “ I HATE MY PATIENTS!!!”.

Okay, I really don’t hate them. But some days I’m so sick of their shenanigans, the stupidity of insurance companies, the moronic behavior of some other healthcare professionals, and just the daily insanity of this field that I am now going to try writing this blog as my gripe forum.

I’m a medical specialist, seeing pretty much anything in my field that walks in the door. Maybe I’m just special, but it seems that I attract some remarkably “special” folks. I have no idea why. I don’t advertise (although my staff often accuses me of handing out flyers in trailer parks).

Either that, or it just seems that weird crap happens to me or my patients. If it seems like I’m laughing at the misfortune of a decent person, I don’t mean it that way. Sometimes things are just funny.

In 10 years of practice I’ve learned that, contrary to popular belief, being trailer trash has nothing to do with money. It’s a state of mind. Either that or a personality disorder.

Maybe I just see things differently. Maybe I really am a magnet to crazy people. Maybe no one really cares.

So since my staff and friends are sick of listening to me, I’m going to start venting online. My stories are true. The names and dates of occurrence have been changed to protect the innocent.

If I entertain you, I’m glad. If I offend you, I’m sorry. I’m not a very politically correct person. I tend to be profane, opinionated, and willing to call it as I see it. I don’t claim to be perfect, or even right. I’m just me.


AND WE’RE OFF!

22 comments:

Jen said...

I can tell I'm going to like this blog already. Crazy people flock towards me also!

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I know what you mean. My nurse calls me the shit magnet.

Anonymous said...

ha! I found your blog about a week ago, and I've now read every entry. Good stuff, man.

Anonymous said...

awesome blog.

Anonymous said...

great blog. just read all of your posts (came by referral from the angry pharmacist). thanks for the entertaining stories and the insight to life as a dr. :)

Anonymous said...

I found you through another blog (totally unrelated to the medical field), and could not stop until I had read every post. Sure, it took a few days of reading here and there, but I couldn't bring myself to navigate away from the website! Damn funny stuff! I hope I have never been the kind of patient you write about here! Bookmarked!! :)

AmbulanceGirl said...

I came across your blog on TAP's website and spent the last 2 days reading every entry. After reading most entries I just want to say, "Ha ha ha DUH!!" People are so stupid. I am an EMT & I am a member of a group on Facebook called Stupid People Are My Job Security- your stories would fit right in!

Your blog is the first one I've ever subscribed to (don't tell TAP!) & it took me forever to even figure out how to do so (DUH!!)

Why do I see so many people posting their verification words in comments? I assume this came up in a post, but haven't read the comments on many posts so I don't know how it came up, but I wanna fit in too! :)

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Ambulance Girl- Thank you (blush).

TexasHeather said...

Excellent blog! Like everyone else, once I found your blog, I couldn't stop reading. Bit by bit, I made it back to the beginning!

Also - thanks for doing the job you do. I imagine you see some hard things, and I'm glad you have this blog as an outlet.

Anonymous said...

Oh man. I reached the end of your blog. I've read every single one of your entries haha.. I have no life...

Tray (The Expert) said...

I'm CRAZY! And you know what? Crazy means you never have to explain what you do! This is different from insane; that is a legal term. It is also different from mentally ill; that is a medical term. Crazy just means...you never have to explain anything you do!

MikeInMichigan said...

There, I'm all caught up after reading all 1031 posts to date. My wife works in nephrology research and they all love your blog. Keep the entertainment coming, it's good for your sanity.

Eileen said...

So now I've got to the beginning and can go back to a normal blogging life of just reading the latest post! Living in a non-English-speaking country I can't just nip down to the bookshop and buy replacements so the internet has become a source of great pleasure - and this is by far the funniest blog I've read so far. I've read every entry and almost every set of comments as they're often as good as the blog itself.

So thank you very much for the fun so far - and please don't decide to give up now I've joined the Grumpy fan club! And best wishes to MrsG and the kids - I think I'm glad they're not my grandkids, in the nicest possible way, of course! Not to forget the office staff - greetings to them too!

verification - cultess, are you one yet?

Anonymous said...

Just spent my holiday weekend reading your entire blog on and off (excluding the cruise episodes). Great stuff!

Anonymous said...

damn, i just read your entire blog as well.. took forever but it's really awesome! i hope to be a doctor someday and can't wait for the insanity that apparently awaits me =P

Anonymous said...

I found your site while searching online for treatments for severe migraines. Your name popped up and I clicked on it and have been hooked ever since. While I am on pain management program, I still suffer quite a bit and your blog has been a God send for me on particularly bad days. I get immersed in it and am able to forget the pain for awhile. Thank you for sharing your experiences :)

Jive said...

Officer Cynical led me here. I have read each of your entries and quite a few of the comments as well. All of your material has been thoroughly enjoyed. The only aspect which has offended me are the idiotic & rude people you have encountered (but for them, you'd likely have nothing interesting to blog). The following quotes are all I can offer in response to what you and your amazing staff deal with on a daily basis:

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." --Albert Einstein

"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity." --Harlan Ellison

SuchabitchRN said...

Love your blog! Like many others I read though them all and thought to myself...stupid IS universal! They are not all just targeting ME! Because of you (and like you my family and friends are tired of listening to me bitch) I started my own blog. Thank you for the free therapy!

X-Ray chick said...

Hey there Dr.Grumpy! I had been reading your blog for a long while and I find it funny and very interesting! You inspire me to make me own! Health care profesionals have to deal with a lot if things....its a miracle we are not insane! I am brand new at this but hopefully I will get to know more people related to what I do. Take care!

A.Resistenza said...

Dr. Grumpy~ You have made my list of daily check-ins when I'm online. I've made it through the entire blog and LOVE it! Can't tell you how many times I'd be laughing (almost to the point of crying) and my kids would come up and ask why I was laughing. I'm a nursing student and a single mom of four, sometimes its really hard to de-stress. Your blog did wonders during finals week this last week. Thanks and KEEP BLOGGING!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dr Grumpy, Thank you for sharing your blog. I came across it a few days ago and stayed up all night reading.

GL said...

Count another reader who went all the way to the beginning (over several days.)

 
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