Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mary, bring me another drink.

Dr. Heller: "This is Dr. Heller, with Major Illness Insurance."

Dr. Grumpy: "Hi, I'm trying to get a neck MRI authorized on a lady with a Horner's Syndrome."

Dr. Heller: "Why do you need a neck MRI?"

Dr. Grumpy: "Because the nerves in question go from the brain down the spinal cord, then into the top of the chest, then back up through the neck to the eye. So they can be damaged by problems in the neck, and I need to get a look at the area."

Dr. Heller: "It's ridiculous that the nerve travels so far. It seems unnecessarily complex."

Dr. Grumpy: "Look, I didn't design the system."


23 comments:

Kristin said...

Doctor of WHAT?

Anonymous said...

Chalk this up to morning caffeine rage, but that remark would have led me directly to the state board of medicine with a complaint. His license should be yanked. Is this yahoo boarded in anything other than charcuterie?

Óli said...

Oh wow, I feel for you american doctors to have to deal with this :P

Anonymous said...

Ah. One of the many "I didn't make the world, I just try to live on it" type of situations.

Anonymous said...

It's all your fault. Can't you re-wire those nerves so they go straight to the eyes ?

Anonymous said...

Maybe Dr Heller has really long auditory nerve, that slows processing of heard information... Did you ask him if there is a monthly bonus pool based on high score for how many testing requests get turned back a month?

drimeara said...

Hey, my cat has Horner's... from running head first into windows, walls, and missing the cat door by about a foot.

Ms. Donna said...

Good God! I will echo Kristin and ask, "Doctor of what?" Doctor of denying insurance claims?

Stacey Gordon said...

Dr. Heller... I get it... That's funny!

Kim said...

Maybe Dr. Heller was trying to be funny?

Anonymous said...

You'd almost think it was designed by an insurance company bureaucrat.

Mad Jack said...

Doctor of Bureaucracy.

Anonymous said...

apparently there's a reason he's on the other end of the phone instead of in a clinic/hospital.

Ducky said...

Did this guy get his medical license from a cereal box?

Bananaphase said...

Perfect example for me to use in my "Intelligent Design Isn't All That Intelligent" lessons. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Its like the "doctor" for my insurer who rejected my PT and OT because, while I was improving my strength range of motion with therapy, I wasn't progressing fast enough, so the therapy was deemed "ineffective." Months later, when I got another script for PT and OT, and was improving well, but still registering a pain level of 4, my PT and OT extension request was rejected because I had shown "dramatic" improvement and there was no further therapy needed. I guess this time things were going too fast?

Morris said...

"It's ridiculous that the nerve travels so far. It seems unnecessarily complex."

Take it up with the Creator.

OldSquid said...

Perhaps you should contact the manufacturer

Anonymous said...

Some nerve. It would make his job easier, wouldn't it, now, if that nerve didn't have to travel so far to impinge on your last nerve?

Aeris said...

I don't know, that nerve always baffled me. Why would it leave the brain, leave the skull, go down all the way to thoracic spine, and then ALL the way back up to the eye??? That's just ridiculous. If anything, this is strong argument against intelligent design. Did this start in worms or something? Does it do the same bizarre thing in rats? Birds? Fish? What's wrong with it?? Evolution generally has a reason, even if it doesn't make sense a million years later.... But seriously?

Anonymous said...

recall ROS questioning...

sir, does it hurt behind your eyes when you pee?....

this is the test!! cheaper than MRI :)

Anonymous said...

I dunno, it sounds like Dr. Heller was cracking a joke.

Anonymous said...

The Flying Spaghetti Monster likes long noodles. Reflect on the length of the recurrent laryngeal nerve of a giraffe, if you don't believe me. Ramen!

 
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