Sunday, April 26, 2009

A tip for everyone:

Never let a hypochondriac take a medical microbiology class. It can lead to constant worry/sleepless nights worrying about scarlet fever and gas gangrene and c. difficile and scalded skin syndrome. Not fun...

Strangely enough, hypochondriacs can still shove gauze inches deep into a person's cheek and watch pap smears. Hmmm...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I received the nicest compliment today at the homeless clinic:

Me: (tired, grumpy, aching sinuses, half-hearted smile) Do you have high blood pressure? Are you allergic to any medications?

Homeless man: No and no. Hey do you see this weird arm that I have?

Me: (Slight nod.)

HM: I was electrocuted. Want to hear how?

He then goes on and on, but I listen as intently as I can at 9 am.

HM: You know, you are going to be a really great doctor some day. There are a lot of bad doctors out there, but you are going to be one of the few good ones.

I don't know if this was a real compliment or if he was simply thanking me for listening to his long story. Because I need a little inspiration at the moment, I am going with the former:)

And in other medically related news: Gentleman watch out. A man was in our hospital this week for penile injury during sexual intercourse. I guess that it can really happen. OUCH!