Dr.: “So, are you ready to get this taken care of?”
Dr..: “ you know, in all my years of doing this no one has ever said ‘no.’”
Doctor proceeds to roll down right shirt sleeve
Dr.: “well it’s a good thing I’m wearing long sleeves….”
Patient sits waiting and wondering where he is going with this
Dr. continues: “…because I might have some things up my sleeve.”
Doctor then begins to talk about some legit things coming “down the pipeline” that may be helpful in treatment.
Doctor begins examination. Do not talk to him with his sthesascope in b/c apparently they are noise cancelling.
Note: this doctor rarely leaves time for questions, much less asks if there is anything else. Yet he talked of being “paranoid” which is why he’d like to see me 10 days post chemo.
Doctor wraps up to leave
Patient: “oh wait, I wanted to let you know that I’m going to go see a doctor at Duke named Kimberly Blackwell. I called Helen and told her Monday.”
Patient was ready to give her many reasons why this is necessary but was surprised that she didn’t need to.
Dr. L: “yeah, I know her. I haven’t seen her in a while. Maybe 3 weeks. But I know her. She’s tall. She’s probably about my height.”
Conversation between patient and husband goes something like this:
“seriously?! He has nothing to say about her specialty or work or anything. What he chooses to leave us with is, ‘she’s tall.’” “of course he had to say he knew her twice.”
so, there you go. it's as if you went with me. i still laugh at this exchange b/c i can't believe all he told me about this particular doctor (who is a specialist in MY type of breast cancer and works primarily with young women) is that she is tall. my appointment with her is the 29th and i'll be sure to report on her height.