behind the scenes, Dr.Oz, humor, medicine, patients, primary care

Ten things you might not know about me (or any of your doctors)

Here are ten things you might not know about me:

1.  I don’t care if you shaved your legs before coming to see me.  We’re not on a date.  However, I do appreciate it if you’ve bathed.

2.  There is nothing you can say that will shock or embarrass me. Nothing at all. I spent 4 years working in Greenwich Village in NYC.

3.  The chair with the wheels on it is mine.  I get antsy when someone else sits in it.  Get off of my chair- there are two others in the room for you!

4.  I like to hear what’s going on in your life outside of your health.  It tells me a lot about you.  It helps set you apart from my other 4,000 patients.

5.  I know you don’t always take your meds.  No one takes them all the time.  I’ll also know if you’re not taking them at all.

6.  I don’t mind if you look stuff up on the internet.  However, I appreciate it if you listen to my point of view, too.  Even though my name is not Dr. Oz, I do occasionally know what I’m talking about.

7.  Sometimes, when I’m giving someone bad news or hearing about someone’s troubles, it’s all I can do to not cry.

8.  I’m not shifting around and looking jumpy because I’m impatient.  I just have to go to the bathroom.

9.  If you’re a jerk to my office staff, I don’t care about how nice you are to me.  You’ve already lost my respect.

10.  I have saved every “thank you” card that a patient has ever sent me.  Every single one.  If I’m having a bad day, I take them out, look at them and remember that it’s all worth it.

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