Thursday, January 29, 2009

I'd Laugh if it Didn't Hurt So Much

The Setting:

Orthopedic doctor's office.

The Players:

Male doctor and patient (Patois).

Act I, Scene I:

Doctor: What are the chances that I would make the same unusual diagnosis for two patients in two weeks?

Patois: I'm guessing it would be highly unlikely.

Doctor: It's true. It's very, very, very unlikely. But here it is anyway. I had a patient in here two weeks ago. He's 26. I diagnosed him with the same condition I'm going to diagnose you with. And it's a condition usually seen in older people.

Patois: Okay.

Doctor: Wait a minute. A doctor in our practice actually has had this before. Let me go talk with him.

Doctor exits through door. Patois rifles through cabinets looking for things to steal patiently waits for Doctor's return.

Doctor returns in less than two minutes.

Doctor: (Entering through door and closing it.) You're older than I thought you were. I thought you were only in your 30s.

Camera fades out on a pissed-off Patois staring incredulously at the doctor.

19 comments:

Bubba's Sis said...

LOL - I think he might need to work on his bedside manner a little!

"Sunshine" said...

That was a pretty funny story, actually :) Look at it this way: though he didn't do a good job of expressing it, at least the doc thought you looked younger... that's the key right there, honey!

Kellyology said...

Hey. I'd take a backwards compliment like that any day! (So...get anything good in those cabinets?)

cjh said...

That's what I was thinking, too. Backwards compliment. But do you want a doctor to be backwards?

D... said...

On the bright side, you obviously look close enough in age to the 29 year old man.

Did you stick around for the diagnosis?

gudnuff said...

I went to a therapist in college to vent about physics, and he asked me about why I had dropped a class that I had never signed up for...because he had the wrong chart and thought I was somebody else! Nothing else will instill confidence like people unable to read a chart. The upside: he said, "Well, now you know how many people come in here complaining about physics." Small comfort. I never went back to him.

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

That INDEED is a compliment P. And I, too, hope those cabinets held something good! :)

What was the diagnosis? Hopefully a slow aging disease.

Tara R. said...

HUH?! I think I might have found a new use for a pair of stethoscopes.

Momisodes said...

I think that could have kinda-sorta been a compliment, in a very strange, roundabout way.

I hope the diagnosis isn't anything serious.

Anonymous said...

ha...ha...ha, can't stop laughing!

Kay said...

i'm still laughing after reading it again!

Scribbit said...

Oh nice of him. And he bills you for that opinion!

Maggie May said...

um ok so what is the diagnosis!!!

don't leave us worried!

Beck said...

I'm betting he got LOTS of dates in college. LOTS. What a goof.

movin' down the road said...

Did you SLAP HIM!!?????

CP said...

You just look like a 21 year old, that's all he meant.

ahem

jenica said...

you look young, that's a good thing. except his phrasing of course. yeesh.

is it gout??? i've had gout, which i totally thought was reserved for retired meat eating males.

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

Umm. I'd be pissed. How do men not know you don't joke age in 2009?

Janet said...

Did you clean him out of cotton balls and q-tips?

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