Thursday, February 24, 2011

(sigh)

Dr. Grumpy: "When did the dizziness start?"

Mrs. Batty: "Well, I saw you for it last year! Don't you remember?"

Dr. Grumpy: "Hmmm. I don't see dizziness mentioned anywhere in your chart..."

Mrs. Batty: "It's the same thing, but a year ago I called it a headache. Except it's really not a headache at all. It's never been a headache. And I want to know why you didn't tell me it wasn't a headache in the first place. You're a doctor, and should know better."

22 comments:

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Really, if you cannot tell me what I am feeling... well, I just don’t know if I can keep you as my doctor.

Get real, Mrs Batty.

Not House said...

"Sadly I was expecting better ESP from my neurologist"

Anonymous said...

wow. As someone who will be starting med school in August, I must say I cannot wait for precious encounters like this gem. Pray tell, Dr. Grumpy, what did you say to that admonition?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I asked her to describe the dizziness. It's best to just move on.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

"Dizzy" is a word that drives me nuts, because people use it to describes so many different things. Vertigo, lightheadedness, imbalance and in this case, headaches. So I try to pin down exactly what they mean.

In the UK the phrase "giddiness" is commonly used for the same thing, something I still encounter in my practice when talking to people from across the pond.

Anonymous said...

"Describe the dizziness? You're a doctor - don't you know what dizziness is? *heavy sigh* It's like a headache, but different."

laughingmom said...

So, Doc, did your dizziness and/or headache start before or after you finished this talk with Mrs. Batty?

Packer said...

Omniscience not your forte ?

Anonymous said...

i was sighing too after reading this post, that's an appropriate post title.

lovinmyjob said...

After this encounter, were you dizzy or did you have a headache? Or did you smack her upside the head and say, "this is the difference between dizziness and headache"!

Li'l Azathoth said...

"When I didn't tell you it wasn't a headache in the first place, you should have realized that I WAS actually telling you."

terri c said...

Goodness. She IS rather dizzy isn't she?

Anonymous said...

Retcon.

Anonymous said...

Don't you just hate those darn time-travel paradoxes?

Kat's Kats said...

Is she sure she wasn't having both? Depending on the headache I get both. Oh wait!! She was so dizzy that she couldn't tell she was having a headache. Or was it that she had such a bad headache that she couldn't tell she was dizzy. Or it could be...

muckwi - what certain patients do...

Anonymous said...

Did you say dizzy or ditzy?

Watercolor said...

OMG these people are my architecture clients! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!! "I know I told you I wanted a door there but why is a door there?" UGH

Anonymous said...

She really meant "indigestion" when she said "dizzy." So your x-ray/MRI vision isn't working so well these days, huh??

And when I go to a neurologist, I expect to be seeing a psychic as well.

The Mother said...

Honestly, Dr. Grumpy. You don't have the new "psychic EEG" machine yet?

Tee said...

Dr. Grumpy, can I ask you a serious question? How on earth do you keep from laughing at these people and then asking Mary to throw them out of your office? See, this is why I could never be a doctor... my nurse would come into my office looking for me, wanting to know why I'm so far behind in seeing my patients. She would find me huddled under my desk, sucking my thumb and rocking back and forth.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Years of practice.

LivingDeadNurse said...

Some days I wonder how you keep your sanity..

 
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