Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Detective work

Dr. Grumpy: "So what kind of symptoms are you having?"

Mr. Papyrus: "Didn't Dr. Imed send you a note?"

Dr. Grumpy: "No. Are you hurting somewhere?"

Mr. Papyrus: "Yes."

Dr. Grumpy: "Where are you hurting?"

Mr. Papyrus: "It said in his note."

Dr. Grumpy: "Okay, but where do YOU remember the pain being?"

Mr. Papyrus: "Wherever Dr. Imed told you it is."

Dr. Grumpy: "How long has it been hurting?"

Mr. Papyrus: "How long has what been hurting?"

(long pause)

Dr. Grumpy: "By any chance did Dr. Imed think you were having memory problems?"

Mr. Papyrus: "Maybe. That sounds familiar. Why? Did you find the note?"

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

...and while you are looking for that note, can I have a hamburger? I think I forgot to lunch on my way over here and I'm hungry!


Pattie, RN

SBG23 said...

I heard they were going to be combining Viagra with Ginseng....

So that men could remember what the F*#! they were doing....

amy said...

Mr. Papyrus. *snerk*

Grumpy, M.D. said...

He was so obsessed with me finding the papers the other doc sent me, it seemed like a good name.

The Mother said...

So, do you fix his memory and then have him come back when he remembers his pain?

Or should we allow him to be amnestic about his pain as a simple human courtesy?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I forgot what I did.

C said...

Careful-the memory loss is contagious.

skidmark said...

No! No! No!

Here you have a patient so terrified of overstepping the bounds he thinks exist that he will not even attempt to contradict Dr. Imed by accident.

The "I-am-God" attitude of medicine, which for some reason never took root with Dr. Grumpy, strikes once more.

Go look for the note. Read it. Tell Mr. Papyrus what it said and what you are going to do to him. Watch him reach for his insurance card and checkbook.

stay safe.

Maha said...

I would have told him that the note said for the patient to repeat everything! Actually, I have done that to some patients. I'm a bad bad nurse.

Anonymous said...

Korsakoff's?

Kat's Kats said...

@Maha I think I love you!! Good thing my health team doesn't have to worry about that with me! Ummmm... except when the fibro and topomax make my memory fall out of my ears. Little Black Book anyone??

Watercolor said...

Aw. Imagine how frustrating it is to BE him. Although he may be a client now that I think about it... hmmmmm....

Diana said...

On a serious note, that memory lapse can be a blessing. My 90 yr. old dad has dementia and has had to endure some painful things. A couple minutes after it is over he has no idea what he went through. Almost like a continuous flowing of versed through the body.

Anonymous said...

Tell him that Dr. Imed's note said that the patient would explain the problems himself...

ERP said...

Christ. I swear you must have done a fellowship in Dementia with your patient population. If you didn't, call up Rand Paul and I am sure he can create a new board and pass you for some $$$$.

 
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