The focus of this web site is medicine. In this blog, you’ll read about patient stories. The situations have been changed to be HIPAA compliant. Factual statements may or may not be true. I may change ages, gender or presenting complaints about patients. I may even entirely make up complete patient encounters from my fertile imagination. Trust me, if you think I’m writing about you, I’m not. There are billions of people in this world and readers send me stories about patients all the time. It isn’t you.
You’ll also read a lot about health care policy. I may throw in posts about life lessons, computers, and will even throw in family stories once in a while. If you’re looking for articles about politics, sports, or celebrities, you’re in the wrong place – unless the topics have some relationship to medicine.
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… a patient’s family member comes up to you and asks “Hey. You’re Dr. WhiteCoat, aren’t you? Didn’t you work at University Medical Center like 6 or 7 years ago?” You casually look to see if there are any weapons in his hand and, seeing none, you cautiously say “Yeah.” Then the family member says “I thought that was you. Yeah. You’re a good doctor. You saved my father’s life. He talked about you up until he died a couple of years ago. Always told everyone what a good doctor you were and how if you ever had an emergency you should go to University Medical Center and ask for Dr. WhiteCoat.” Then you get a little grin on the inside and have to hold it back while you tell the family member you’re sorry about his father passing but you appreciate his comment. Then you go into the lounge with a dumb smirk on your face and think about how an offhand comment like this can make your whole day. Then the nurse sees you smirking and asks “What warped thoughts are running through your mind THIS time?” “Oh nothing.” Then you can’t decide whether the nurse’s suggestion that you have a warped mind is making you happier or is worrying you. Who cares. It’s still a better day hearing that you’ve had that much of a positive impact on someone’s life.Read More »