Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Pain in the ass

As I was discharging a 96-year-old patient recently, he told me, "Doc, you're a good guy. Some people may tell you you're a pain in the ass, but I think you're a good guy."

Yes, establishing those bonds of trust and respect is what medicine's all about.

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At February 3, 2009 at 2:05 PM , Anonymous Steve Peha said...

I suppose if you're 96, you see a lot of doctors. So I'd take the comment as high praise indeed. Sometimes a survey sample where n=1 is worth more than more "rigorous" feedback. Glad you're doing well -- at least with the geriatric set.

At February 3, 2009 at 7:13 PM , Blogger Madame Leiderhosen said...

"Pain in the ass". Why in gods name would anyone ever toss that epithet in your direction?

Coming from a long line of happily self-proclaimed Pains In The Asses (PITAs) you seem to missed the boat on the card carrying qualities of being Tiresome, Self-Important, Mind-Numbingly Dull and Deeply Unfunny. So it's either back to the drawing table or selective deafness.

Of all the fabulous things you are, tiresome would not one of those. Along with the rest of the list.

And you are a good guy. Here's your little gold sticky star.


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