Lately, I've been getting a lot of good feedback from patients, which makes it hard to get as pissed at them as I'd like to be. I had a non-English speaking patient today with her son translating, which is always a hard situation, but especially hard when the patient has multiple complaints, most of which are random aches and pains, for which there is likely no answer except that she is old. Her neck hurts, her knee hurts, her hand hurts, her bunion hurts... what the hell am I supposed to do for you, lady?
I was trying to keep from becoming visibly annoyed from this long list of complaints when her son told me, "She says she's really happy to see you."
"Yes," he said. "She says you look like her daughter, who she hasn't seen in a long time."
Aw. How can I get annoyed with a patient who says something like that? Here, have some more vicodin.