I don't want to overgeneralize, but when it comes to patients, all old women love me.
Partially because I really try to relate to them. I ask them about their kids and their grandkids. Again, I don't want to overgeneralize, but all old women love to talk about their grandkids. Although I do pretty well with the ones who don't have grandkids too. Like, we talk about bridge. I think deep down, I'm actually a 70-year-old woman.
The only problem is that once I get them talking, it's hard to stop. I find it very easy to do a directed history on a chatty patient, but I feel bad interrupting someone in the middle of a story about their grandchild. But if I let them, each of these patients would go on for hours and I'd get home sometime after midnight.
Any advice on how to cut these conversations short after a respectable amount of time?