A physical exam yesterday:
Me: "OK, I'm going to check your reflexes."
[I take out reflex hammer]
Patient: "Oh my god, are you going to hit me with that?"
Me: "Um... yes?"
Patient: "No, please don't."
Me: "It's just a tap."
Patient: "I don't like having my reflexes checked. It's just... ugh!"
Me: "Well, I guess I can tap you with my fingers. Would that be OK?"
Patient: [grudgingly] "I guess so."
Seriously, what's up with this fear of reflex hammers? Are my patients talking to each other?