When your dentist takes one look in your mouth and then asks, “are you diabetic?”
Clinic cancelled tomorrow AM.
Was super excited about sleeping in till like 8 or 9.
Till, like an idiot, I called for a dentist appointment.
And they were all “we have a cancellation at 8:00 tomorrow. Be there by 7:45.”
Darn you, dentist. If it hadn’t already been over a year since I’ve had a cleaning, I’d totally no-show tomorrow.
- cranquis said: Ooh you’re expecting med students! Have fun! Almost feels like someone should throw you a med-student-shower or something.
A shower sounds great. I will get started on my registries at Target and Etsy.
I don’t have tons of interaction with hospital pharmacists, although I do call them occasionally (in the dungeon) if I have a dosing or interaction question. We have a pharmacist who works in our office who I see all the time, but most of our interaction is social and not drug related ;).
Since a lot of you are about to start the clinical part of your training, and I’m about to get med students for the first time, I figured I’d put together a little how-to (in 3 episodes) with the help of my fellow residents.
Sure it can! Just work at it.
But probably focus on school, because that’s important and stuff. Good luck starting school!
Well thanks stranger!
Any advice for when they hit you with the big ones like “I’m going to die”, “I don’t want to die”, “I’m in pain”, etc? A lot of my residents are pre-hospice or should be there already. Thanks for your time! -kiashinigami
I think people worry about these questions way too much. I very rarely get questions like this. People in hospice or in nursing homes generally know that they don’t have decades of life left.
When people let on that they are afraid of death (which is a pretty normal feeling), try to offer them some understanding and whatever hope you can. Ask them what exactly they fear and why. Do they fear pain? The unknown? The afterlife? Help them work through their fear. You may not be able to offer them solid answers, but you can offer them a listening ear.
As for the pain question, if patients are in pain, try to figure out why and relieve it in whatever way you can. Pain may not always be completely relieved, but we can always try to offer some comfort and improvement in symptoms.
Resident: Mr. H complained that his “bag” hurt. After a lot of questioning, I figured out that he meant his testicles.
Attending: Did you examine him?
Resident: Yeah, I couldn’t find anything wrong. Other than he had been sitting on his balls.
Attending: So what did you do about it?
Resident: I thought about writing an order for nursing to remind him q2 hours to not sit on his balls.
Any advice/tips on being introverted and working with patients in a volunteer setting? -anonHi! Do you have any good advice or sources for learning how to interact with patients better? I’ve been volunteering at a nursing home assisting with the residents there, which I very much enjoy, but I can be pretty introverted, and I want to improve on my ‘bedside manner’. -kiashinigami
In my previous post about Introverts in Medicine, I talked about how there’s always a place for introverts in the medical field.
Let me clarify one thing: introversion is not the same as shyness. I think what both of these questions are really getting at is shyness. Introverts enjoy being alone and regain their energy from alone time. Shy people may want to be around people, but often have a hard time tolerating the anxiety that comes along with human interaction for them.
The thing about shyness is that you can overcome it or at least manage it with practice. During the course of medical studies, you will be forced to interact with many different types of people. Initially these encounters will seem painfully awkward. They will not just magically get easier on their own. You will have to make a concerted effort to manage your own thoughts and emotions.
Me (before delivery): so have y’all decided on the baby’s name?
Patient: we’re still trying to pick between a few different Bible names. We’ll see what he looks like when he’s born.
Delivery: FLUID EVERYWHERE. FLUID IN MY PANTS. FLUID IN MY SHOES. SMALL LAKE ON THE FLOOR.
Patient (after delivery): Sorry I flooded the floor.
Me: It’s ok. But have you thought about the name Noah?
Me (thinking to myself): Geez, this girl is a terrible pusher. But we’re finally getting close. After this push I’m going to put my gown on, and then in a few more pushes we’ll have a baby.
Me (out loud): …5…6…7…OH NO GET ME A GLOVE NOW. STOP PUSHING!
Me (to myself again): You stupid idiot. Why you gotta think stuff like that?! Now you’re covered in baby juices!