I'm an American physician who works in an Urgent Care clinic. I see lots of stupid or funny things that people do with-and-to their health. I cope by mumbling under my breath (and then posting about it on this pseudonymous blog). Thought you might be interested.
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And since people seem to be a bit confused about this: any "real-sounding" patients names are just horrible puns, and not HIPAA violations.
“Well I tried cleaning the eyelids with hydrogen peroxide, but that made my eyes sting pretty bad, so I switched to rubbing alcohol, which also hurt. And the rash kinda got worse after that.”
40-something patient with blepharitis (rash on eyelids) — I now have no idea if his rash is just infectious, or also chemical contact dermatitis.
But I DO know he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.