Dear Doctor On Call At My Physician’s Office Tonight
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.”