This post brought to you by the temporary insanity of surgical rotations.
The more time I spend in hospital, the more I realise how weird doctors are. We ask strange questions, and we actually get answers. A few times I’ve asked non-patients (friends and family) and received some awkward looks. I don’t think for one moment that we should STOP asking questions – but I do think it makes the medical profession pretty weird and unique.
It reminds me of one of the most striking thing I read in Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down:
“Txiv neebs were polite and never needed to ask questions;
doctors asked many rude and intimate questions about patients’ lives, right down to their sexual and excretory habits.”
After a patient has had abdominal surgery, we ask…
Have you passed stool yet? And some patients require more…. colourful vocabulary.
When a baby has had surgery we ask the mother,
Has your baby passed wind since the operation?
When a pregnant patient has some spotting but a closed os and a live foetus, we ask…
Did you and your husband have intercourse last night?
When we present a breast cancer patient at an onco-plastics round
we comment on their breast size as if it is completely normal.
When someone presents with a tiny tiny defect:
This is too small for a risky surgery right now. Wait til it gets bigger or symptomatic.
When someone presents with a massive growth or defect:
WHY DID YOU LET IT GET SO BIG?!
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