You know how baseball players use those intricate signals to communicate with their coach while on the field? I think my patients and I need to work out something similar, for those Urgent Care visits when the patient needs a quick way to convey the “real” reason for their visit. It would save me so much time!
Signal: Patient coughs, winks, coughs again.
Meaning: ”I’m already getting better from my cold, I just came in for a work excuse note for yesterday and I might as well be off today too, right?”
Signal: Patient uses both hands to shake my one hand as I enter the room.
Meaning: “I’d rather not use antibiotics, if you don’t think it’s necessary, so don’t worry about trying to convince me this is just a cold.”
Signal: Patient (male) tosses cell-phone from hand to hand throughout the visit and speaks with gritted teeth.
Meaning: ”I feel totally fine now, I just came in because my wife made me, may I please be excused?”
Signal: Patient (teenaged girl) does not avoid eye contact while denying any changes in her menstruation before her abdominal symptoms began.
Meaning: “Please get my mom out of the room, I think I’m pregnant but I don’t want her to know!”
Signal: Patient leaves one earbud in place and never turns off their iPod during the visit.
Meaning: “Regardless of what you say, I’m gonna ask for Vicodin as you’re about to walk out of the room.”
EDIT: Since posting this, my readers and I have invented a few other Medical Gang Signs.
Oh my goodness!!! This cat video is hilarious!
Dos And Don’ts For the Common Cold
I had to reblog this, because this is from the Memphis Zoo. They have an exhibit as soon as you enter the park with black and white colobus monkeys. The exhibit is next to a restaurant and there are really large windows where you can watch the monkeys play. Many times if you stand next to the windows, the monkeys will slam themselves into the windows. (The window is made of un breakable glass). The monkeys normally do this with taller men. When I have stood by the window they rarely throw themselves at the window. The monkeys are certainly entertaining while you eat your hamburger. LOL
See the video HERE
A good gem for making sure you can understand what some of your patients may think when you use medical terminology.
Remember, Patient Centred first :)