Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Not helpful

Dr. Grumpy: "Are you allergic to any medications?"

Ms. Vague: "Yes, several."

Dr. Grumpy: "What are their names?"

Ms. Vague : "I don't know. Can't you get the list from my last doctor?"

Dr. Grumpy: "Okay, we'll have you fill out a release... What's that doctor's name?"

Ms. Vague: "I have no idea. It was a man. I think I saw him when I lived in Missouri. Does that help?"


bb said...

What? I don't see the problem. The doctor is a guy. He possibly lives in Missouri. That pretty much narrows down the doc who saw her. :-)


Syrlinus said...

LOL.. As a Canadian, I'm actually used to that. I constantly get asked "Do you know my Aunt Erma? She lives in Canada".


Canada is the 2nd largest nation in the world (Land mass) and has 30 million people. I do not know them all personally. :P

Pharmd Biker said...

I might know of this doctor fellow. Is he the one that wears a white coat?

Sarah said...

That goes in the file with:
Allergies: some antibiotic
Do you remember which one: no
when did the reaction happen: I don't remember, but my mother told me that a doctor told her that I was allergic.
The patient was 82 years old.

There's also the:
What medications do you take: some
Which ones: call my pharmacy, they'll send you a list
Where do you get your prescriptions filled: at a pharmacy
which one: it's near my house
Is it a chain drugstore: I don't know
what intersection is it near: it's on my way home from work, look, can't you just call them and get them to fax over my medication list?

I wish people would take responsibility for their own health...

Moose said...

My librarian friends get this all the time. "I'm looking for a book. I think the cover is red. I saw it on TV. It might be about sailing. Or maybe vampires. You saw it, it was on TV!"

Hirra said...

ha ha.. how silly

Dani said...

You know Dr. Grumpy, I work for a doctors office in Missouri... I will totally send you her allergy list. You know she MUST be one of our patients!

Dr. Woof-Woof said...

We get this type of thing a lot in vet-med too...
What kind of food do you feed Sadie?
-Its dry, and medium size pieces... Its by Purina, or maybe Hills, or that other one they show on TV all the time... and its in a RED BAG! (as if that last bit of info is crucial to our narrowing down the type they feed! after all - there is ONLY one type of dog food for each color bag, right?!?)

terri c said...


Cthulhu Sashimi said...

"He was on that show with the hospital."

ERP said...

I would put that down as "no known allergies" since she was clueless.

burned-out medic said...

"what meds are you on?"

"the hospital has the names."

"that's friggin' great. i'm asking you right now, a-hole. you think i'm just making small talk?"

Stephanie Ann said...

Did this doctor have a stethoscope? Because if he did I think I might have seen him as well.

kate sweeten said...

HA! I think she called my office the other day - I had this for a voicemail when I came in Tuesday morning:

"Umm, yeah...I see a doctor. I don't remember his name. Someone from his office - I don't remember their name - called me and told me to call them back about some medication...I don't know what it's called. Umm, so, yeah...I'm calling them back."

Anonymous said...

I'm ad ER nurse and here is one of My favorites... What medications do you take? I don't know. You have a list here somewhere. Okay, I'll attempt to look it up. When was the last time you were here? I don't know. Okay, do you think your medicines have changed a lot since last visit? Yeah, I just saw my doctor last week and she changed a lot of things around. Just call her nurse. -as it is 2am and what doctor's nurse is avaliable at 2am to look up this guy's med list?????

Unknown said...

I see this every day. Unfortunately, it also comes with "But I do remember that they gave me Lortab and "Xanibars!"

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is, as I am reading this post I'm thinking "No problem. The insurance company will have the names of previous physicians". I am so use to stupid people, I have a way to fix that problem.

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