Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dr. Orthochick: Worst morning...

Patient: I love your hair this morning. You're wearing the same earrings as yesterday, aren't you? They're very pretty.

Me: Thank you. I'm going to check your incision now-- [leans over]

Patient: Oh honey! Are you pregnant? [puts hand on my stomach]

Me: Uh, no. I guess I'm just fat.

The annoying thing is, I can't play this off as her being grossly demented if she remembered my earrings. I guess I'm just getting fat, although if we're getting technical about the whole thing, I lost around 10 lbs from this time last year so I guess I must have really been a whale then.

Well, that ruined my morning.

8 comments:

  1. Better get in shape. Surgical career you chose requires hours of standing. Don't take it personally, we all get comments.

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    1. Dr. Orthochick is an athlete and in great physical condition.

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  2. Never ask a woman if she's pregnant unless you can see the baby crowning. First rule of being a (hu)man.

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  3. She's anorexic and has issues because she likes to project insulting comments to others because she's suffered through that before. End of story.

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    1. What Fizzy said, x 2, with a forehead slap . . .

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  4. The fact that she physically touched your stomach speaks volumes about her mental status.

    A patient once insisted that I was pregnant even when I said otherwise. I was wearing a high-waisted rather billowy shirt, but I weighed about 90 lbs at the time and most definitely did not look pregnant.

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  5. Why the fuck does a woman being pregnant make strangers think they can pat her belly? I see this all the time, and don't get it. Most of the same people would never do that to an obviously non-pregnant woman.

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