Fizzy recently wrote about a nurse who misdiagnosed herself with lung cancer instead of pulmonary TB. It seems to me that health professionals are notorious for underdiagnosing, misdiagnosing or overdiagnosing themselves.
Did you know that there is an actual Wikipedia entry for “Medical Student Disease”? In other words, thinking you have whatever disease it is you are currently studying. More than half of my class has experienced this (not a scientific study, sorry).
Something funny happened to me yesterday. I’ll spare you the details since people I actually know periodically read this blog, but I became convinced that I had macroscopic haematuria. I have seen this in the clinical set-up so I had no reason for doubt.
I had been feeling rather tired and weak for a few days, so this “finding” was, to me, an ominous sign. And I have had patients with all sorts of renal failure. Not a very nice diagnosis to get.
So I hastily procured some urine dipsticks and let me just say, I have a newfound respect for the poor patients who have to “give a sample”. It is a little dehumanising. I would rather be poked several times for blood.
Anyway, the dipstick results were as clean as can be.
Of course I was relieved, but I was a little confused too. The only reason for that colour…
Then it hit me – and when it did, I felt like a complete idiot.
I spent the past weekend with The Boy and his mom. His mom cooked the most delicious beetroot. I had a beetroot bulb for lunch and supper every day of the weekend…