Patient: "I'm just feeling incredibly depressed about my whole situation."
Me: [thinking] "I really wish I weren't wearing fox ears right now."
A lot of staff members dressed up for Halloween this year and there was a whole theme going. I don't usually dress up and I didn't this year either, but because everyone else was doing it, I found a really discrete pair of fox ears in my kid's room and I wore them about half the day. Most patients either didn't notice or they seemed to appreciate my Halloween spirit. I only wore them for follow-ups, not to see new patients.
But there were one or two times when I desperately wished I didn't have them on. And I was like, do I take them off? Because that would call more attention to them, right?
What do you think? Is it inappropriate for a non-pediatric physician to dress up for Halloween?