Monday, June 17, 2013

Ten things you might not know about me (or any of your doctors)

Here are ten things you might not know about me:

1.  I don't care if you shaved your legs before coming to see me.  We're not on a date.  However, I do appreciate it if you've bathed.

2.  There is nothing you can say that will shock or embarrass me. Nothing at all. I spent 4 years working in Greenwich Village in NYC.

3.  The chair with the wheels on it is mine.  I get antsy when someone else sits in it.  Get off of my chair- there are two others in the room for you!

4.  I like to hear what's going on in your life outside of your health.  It tells me a lot about you.  It helps set you apart from my other 4,000 patients.

5.  I know you don't always take your meds.  No one takes them all the time.  I'll also know if you're not taking them at all.

6.  I don't mind if you look stuff up on the internet.  However, I appreciate it if you listen to my point of view, too.  Even though my name is not Dr. Oz, I do occasionally know what I'm talking about.

7.  Sometimes, when I'm giving someone bad news or hearing about someone's troubles, it's all I can do to not cry.

8.  I'm not shifting around and looking jumpy because I'm impatient.  I just have to go to the bathroom.

9.  If you're a jerk to my office staff, I don't care about how nice you are to me.  You've already lost my respect.

10.  I have saved every "thank you" card that a patient has ever sent me.  Every single one.  If I'm having a bad day, I take them out, look at them and remember that it's all worth it.

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