Wayfaring MD

I am a family medicine resident who likes to highlight the hilarious in medicine as I write about patients, medical school, residency, medical missions, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

HIPAA is for reals, folks. All of my "patient stories" have been changed to protect patient privacy. I will change any or all identifiers, including age, location, race/ethnicity, sex, medical history, and quotes. Also, I am an anonymous internet person. Why should you trust an anonymous internet person to give you medical advice? Don't ask me, ask your doctor!
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Me (going through long spiel about stroke prevention with medications): …So we’re going to start you on a new medicine to help lower your cholesterol.

Patient: Those pills are poison. They cause heart attacks and liver failure and bladder cancer and muscle damage. I’m not putting that in my body.


Me (thinking): yet you continue to smoke a pack a day…

Me: well, that’s up to you of course, but I wouldn’t prescribe it if I didn’t think the benefit was greater than the risk for you. You’ve already had 2 TIAs this week. Your risk of having a stroke in the near future is pretty high, and this can help lower your risk. 

Patient: Well I don’t believe you. Your job is to try to sell me medicines. Your job is to push pills. My job is to be smart and know what I’m putting in my body. I don’t even know you!

Me: I totally agree that you should know what you’re putting in your body. I also believe you should understand the risks and potential benefits of your medicines so you can make a more informed decision.

Patient: Well whether I take your medicine or not is not up to you. It’s none of your business. That’s between me and my DOCTOR. 

Patient’s daughter: Mama, she IS your doctor.

Patient: (quiet)… oh… umm…. well… I guess I owe you an apology? I thought you were a regular hospital worker. Are you sure you’re old enough to be a doctor?  Let me see your nametag. Well I guess you know what you’re talking about then. I guess I’ll take the meds. Now let’s talk about my blood pressure pills…


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    I feel like this is gonna be my future…
  15. descantforhope said: 2 oz of walnuts a day can also drop cholesterol pretty fast. I forget the study that proved that.
  16. mouseinscrubs said: What is a regular hospital worker? I keep imagining those background people in scrubs who weren’t actually ever doing anything…
  17. icva said: It happened to me too. I do not look my age, so there are patients who end up asking me my age and looking at me suspiciously when they leave.