Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Annie's desk, February 15, 2011

Annie: "Dr. Grumpy's office, this is Annie."

Mr. Alpo: "Yeah, Dr. Grumpy sees my wife for Parkinson's disease."

Annie: "Uh-huh..."

Mr. Alpo: "I need a refill on her medication, and also, does Dr. Grumpy have a dog?"

Annie: "Yeah... Why?"

Mr. Alpo: "Can you ask him what kind of dog food he recommends?"

Annie: "Let's stick with the medication refill. Dog food isn't his field."

Mr. Alpo: "Yeah, but he's a doctor. Doesn't he know about that stuff?"

Annie: "He's not that kind of doctor. Why don't you ask your vet?"

Mr. Alpo: "Why? Does she know Dr. Grumpy?"

27 comments:

Not House said...

You sure dog food isn't your business? You could probably make a pretty penny selling Kibbles N Bits on the side out of your office.

Just saying is all :P

Gen said...

Dr. Grumpy should start selling Artisanal Dog Food.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

It's not a bad idea.

I could just buy the HUGE bag at Costco, put it in little tupperware things, and market it as "Artisanal Neurologist Approved Dog Food" at $20/pound.

CrownedwithVictory said...

There is already a bunch of artisan dog food out there.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Yes, but how much of it has been "neurologist approved"?

Anonymous said...

Maaawwww... at least he trusts your judgement.

Crazed Nitwit said...

Snort, snicker, laugh.....perhaps you could suggest artisan home made dog food?

Crazed Nitwit said...

Oops my comment was repetitive, sorry. ;o)

Anonymous said...

Note left on kitchen table for Hubby:

Dear, Call Grumpy about my RX and we need dog food.

So simple even a husband knows what happened.

kate said...

Vet, neurologist...practically the same thing!

It's like the patients that we have that call to make an appointment with their rheumatologist and then ask if they can also have him do their PAP and an echo.

I mean, he's a doctor, right? Doesn't he know about all of that stuff?

Well, sure...he probably did a PAP, like, 20 years ago when he was a student or intern. However, it's been awhile. I mean, really, would you ask your dentist to perform your heart surgery? I think not.

Texas Pharmacy Chica said...

Sure! Buy generic store brand dog food. You gave an answer and everybody is happy.

Answers are ALL important. In my younger days as a pharmacist, one patient had to be told which kind of food she had to eat with her antibiotic. She could not get past the fact that it just said food.
Was bananas OK?
A whole banana or was 1/2 OK?
How about cheese?
What if she ate fish?
Pizza from Dominos?
Enchiladas?
I finally told her to eat a couple of peanutbutter crackers twice a day with her anitbiotic, wrote it on a sticker with a Sharpie (love Sharpies) and pasted it on her bottle. Everybody won, but mostly me since I learned an important lesson in patient interaction and now specify in my counseling what exactly 'food' means.

jimbo26 said...

I like it < BG >

terri c said...

But neurologists study the BRAIN, so don't they have to know, like, EVERYTHING??

Love the plan to sell dog food...

Li'l Azathoth said...

Congratulations. You've made the leap from neurologist/blogger to all-purpose lifestyle guru. Just in time to replace Oprah.

Nicole said...

I've been checking your blog for the past few days, hoping that you give your opinion of CBS reporter Serene Branson's supposed on-air 'neurological event'... any comments?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I'm just a yak herder, ma'am. I don't know about such things. We don't even have TV's out here.

Nicole said...

You're lucky you don't need a PR rep; Mongolian yaks rarely, if ever, bring about such drama in mainstream media. :)

terri c said...

You are an ARTISANAL herder of Mongolian yaks.

Anonymous said...

No internet diagnosis will ever come from Grumpy, he knows better than that. No cocktail party ones either I suspect. No phone call ones. Grumpy knows --you look, you feel, you test and then if you have a question you call in another opinion before you put your neck on the chopping block.
Of course this is specualation on my part. But caution is the watchword in professional practices these days. And would you trust the opinion of someone who has not made an examination. Grumpy may be grumpy but I think he is pretty smart, I suspect.

Liz said...

Of course he's pretty smart - Mongolian Yak Herders have to be smart in order to understand the yaks! ;)

Albinoblackbear said...

I actually think you are on to something with the costco bag into tupperware neurologist approved dog food.

I could hold up the European office.

Moose said...

"And now, the continuing story of a quack who's gone to the dogs."

"Tune in next week when you'll hear Dr Grumpy say..."

The Redheaded Pharmacist said...

I once had a customer at work pull me aside to ask me what I thought was going to be a serious medical question based on the concerned look on his face. As it turns out this gentleman wanted to know how to get rid of a wasp nest that was close to his house and thought I could help him. I'm not quite sure why he thought a pharmacist was the right person to ask that kind of question but I guess he was out of ideas and needed some kind of second opinion, lol.

An elderly woman once asked me if I knew what she should do about her quote "lazy, worthless, no good son" to which I replied "sorry, I don't have an answer for that one!" LOL, you never know what is going to come out of a patient's mouth. That is what keeps my job interesting!

pharmacy chick said...

Ive had so many people ask me pet dose questions I have lost count.."go ask your vet sir.." Go ask your vet Maam"...please!

Morris said...

Moose, you kill me. Almost destroyed a keyboard with sprayed coffee..

Anonymous said...

Lord ha'mercy! As a veterinarian with three medical doctors in my family, I'd say that anyone who thinks being a medical doctor implies expertise in animal health is CRAZY! There might be some medics out there who do know about animal health, but they sure as hell didn't get their knowledge from medical school.

The Mother said...

I have an "artisanal" homemade dog cookie that every dog goes crazy for. We could be business partners!

 
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