Friday, January 15, 2010

But did he dress like a pimp?

Seeing a new patient this morning


Dr. Grumpy: "So what brings you in today, sir?"

Mr. Mouth: "My previous neurologist was an asshole."

17 comments:

LBParker said...

Oh boy! Did your "possibly bad patient" detector start pinging immediately? I would tend to think that the previous doctor's attitude was NOT the problem. . .

I hope it doesn't turn out badly for you.

thegooddrlaura said...

Did you tell him it takes one to know one?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I've learned to just ignore these comments and move on.

Patient's who tell me something like this will likely be saying the same thing (or worse) about me in a few weeks to someone else.

Anonymous said...

That one made me laugh out loud. Of course it is Friday which makes me an easy audience!

Old MD Girl said...

Well.... maybe his last Neurologist WAS an asshole. Didn't you say that neurologists are all crazy?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Oh yes.

The doc is an asshole. But generally I try not to speak ill of other docs around patients. It's not relevant to my treatment plan, and the patient may be looking for a reason to file a board complaint or legal action.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

OMDG- Crazy as in eccentric or socially awkward for the most part.

Not necessarily malignant crazy.

Join us, Luke. Come to the neuro side...

@eloh said...

I'm an asshole and indeed it makes it very easy to spot another....I have my eye on you doc, and I don't mean the pink one.

ERP said...

Not a good sign. Asking for Fiorocet?

The Tronst Man said...

"And my proctologist is a real dick. But my urologist is a real brain."

webhill said...

"My last veterinarian always wanted to run TESTS, never knew what was going on up front. I hated him."

heh. my captcha is "medbome."

Kim Kasch said...

Yeah, well not everyone is as nice as Dr. Grumpy and some docs have no bedside manner at all.

I went to an eye doctor when I woke up and couldn't read the paper one morning. The guy said, "that's normal, you're getting old."

Okay, I'm fine with that but did he have to say, "in a year you probably won't be able to see the moon"?

I think not. . .

j said...

Lol TTM, "my proctologist is a real pain in the ass."

Anonymous said...

Yeah, if I'm honest and lazy that's probably what I'd say to my next neuro about the one who's now fired. They don't have time to hear the long form, I'm sure.

Funny thing, I have now seen three people in this practice (the first moved across the country, and the 2nd was a PA, Ph.D. doing a check 6 months later) and the two MDs were asshats. I had an MD neuro in the city I left and he was quite pleasant. Do the obnoxious ones clump together?

Anonymous said...

Gotta chime in with Anonymous. First neuro barely looked at me and told me my problem was rheumatologic. Second talked over every answer I tried to give to HIS questions, told me my problem was anxiety, and that he could order an EMG, but he was certain it would be negative. It wasn't. Still waiting to discuss the results, but the neurologist administering the test was very upfront that it was NOT normal and whatever was happening WAS physical. Guess who I'm going to see from now on? Yep, the one who WASN'T arrogant, prone to snap judgments, and a bad listener.

Anonymous said...

In (major city where I used to live) pretty much every doc associated with "aren't we all that and a bag of chips and hold the monopoly here" hospital actually WAS an asshat. The good ones who had diligently been saving and padding their 401Ks managed to escape to private practice after 5-10 years and then all pretty much sent referrals to one another.

When a patient walked through the doors of one of these escapees and said "well, I was seen at major hospital and they told me X", these docs knew it was time to simply start the diagnostic process all over again. There had been *that* many problems/mistakes at major hospital.

So, yeah, asshats *can* be the "norm".

Mr. Magoo said...

@Kim Kasch

So, can you still see the moon?

I had a similar experience with an eye doctor - I was concerned with my changing (read:worsening) eyesight. The Dr laughed and said I was just getting older.

He didn't say anything about the moon, though.

 
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