Dear Doctor On Call At My Physician’s Office Tonight

2008 October 14

I realize that I should’ve been a much better patient.

I should not have let the pain get so bad that I was forced to call the doctor’s office after hours and request a stronger prescription.


In the future, if you should receive a similar call, perhaps you could remember that if someone informs you that they can no longer walk or raise their arms, they are in TREMENDOUS pain.

Which makes them feel really vulnerable.

So perhaps that is not the best time to mention that, in your considered opinion (based SOLELY on chatting with them for approximately 90 seconds on a tenuous cell phone connection, where only one of you can claim English as your first language) “they are probably suffering from lupus.”

3 Responses leave one →
  1. 2008 October 15

    I’m guessing that “Bedside Manners” is not a required course in med school.

    The odd thing about my wife’s inflammatory pain (and perhaps yours, too) is that it always flares up at night.

    The other thing is that the best pain killers are controlled substances, which cannot be dispensed by an on-call doctor through phone consultation. So the patient has to plan for the pain in advance and be prepared for it. Or visit the ER. Ironically, these painkillers give my wife headaches, so she has no motivation to get them, until it’s too late.

    I’m sending healthy vibes your way!

  2. 2008 October 15

    holy crap. who WAS that doctor????? sending lovelovelove and prayersprayersprayers your way. gal!! xoxoxoxoxo

  3. 2008 October 16

    Some folks do seems to have an amazing talent for stating the obvious, don;’t they? Don’t imagine it gets them any further off the job than it does on the job. Sad.

    Sending good juju your way…

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