Monday, September 8, 2008

What did you say you do?

So ya know how Dr. House is always saying that patients lie? Today I had an experience that made me think Dr. House is wise. Oh. So. Wise.

So this new patient comes in this afternoon and I am going over her intake forms with her. She starts telling me this whole story how she is a nurse who can't work anymore because she was 'injured on the job'. She starts talking all this nursey talk about flu shots and clinics and my eyes glaze over. Nevertheless, I maintain good posture and nod and smile and say 'yeah' and 'uh huh' at appropriate intervals. (It's possible to ignore verbose folks for a good five minutes in this manner. Meanwhile, you can make a mental list of things you'd rather be doing, or you can daydream, which is what I do.)

So I'm in this sort of reverie while she's going on and on and on and suddenly she asks me a question that snaps me right back to reality. Of course any question that begins with "How do you spell..." makes me come a' runnin' like one of Pavlov's dogs, but this one was special, what that it came from such an experienced nurse and all. Her question?

"How do you spell Zoloft?"

Nurse, indeed.


Kimba said...


That's how. :)

Dude. All I have to say is this: bowling season started today. 200 plus phone calls / voicemails. I was all sorts of "ah!"'s and "mmmhmmm"'s today. I feel ya.

Whitney and Lish Harris said...

Don't you love going over all the intake forms? I had to do that with a crazy lady yesterday who kept saying, "Well, I've never heard of such a thing! Don't you trust me?" No woman! That's why we have these policies!

Jack & Lindsay Chang said...

Wow...I guess that she could could be taking the generic. But, then again that whole "injured on the job" thing may tie in with her inability to spell. Hum, curious.

Jessica and Reecey said...

That's hilarious. Just hilarious. I find myself doing the "smile and nod" thing often these days... since I've been working the shift of the living dead.