I recently placed a consult on a patient to another service. When I asked the consultant for her opinion on the patient, her response was, "The patient thinks you're really adorable."
Honestly, I can't tell you how often I get told that I'm "cute" or "adorable." It happens with alarming frequency. This is great when the person who thinks I'm cute is that hot guy in 5th period math. Not so great when the person is a patient or an attending. Which it obviously always is because there's no math class and certainly no hot guys around.
Here are a few more examples:
1) When I was an intern, there was a nurse who once addressed me as "little one." That was seriously what she called me. My resident was laughing so hard, I thought she was going to pee in her pants.
2) I witnessed the following conversation:
Nurse #1: (to patient) "Your doctor will be in very soon." (to second nurse) "Who's the doctor?"
Nurse #2: (pointing to me) "She is."
Nurse #1: "Really?"
Nurse #2: "Yes."
Nurse #1: "No..."
Nurse #2: "Yeah, she is."
Nurse #1: "Her?"
Nurse #2: "Yes."
Nurse #1: "No.... really? Her?"
Nurse #2: "Yes!"
Nurse #1: "That's so cute."
3) Also during my intern year, our sister team's attending Dr. Brown was in the room talking to her team. They were about to go into the other room to talk, but before they left, Dr. Brown patted me on the head. It was so freaking random! She wasn't even talking to me or dealing with me in any way.
Me: "Uh, why did Dr. Brown just pat me on the head??????"
My resident: "Probably because you're so cute, she couldn't resist!"
4) During residency:
Patient to my attending: "Your assistant is so cute!"
Attending: "She's actually a doctor."
Patient: "Really? She looks so young!"
Attending: "Well, she's a doctor in training."
Patient: "I can't believe someone so young could have gone through four years of college and eight years of medical training."
5) A few weeks ago:
Me: "I feel kind of bad that I keep consulting the urologist so often. I hate to bother him."
Nurse: "Oh, that's okay. He thinks you're adorable."
I don't get it. I seriously don't think I'm all that cute. I'm really not.