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Advice to Doctors

August 30, 2020

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EARLIER TODAY
I had foot surgery. Well, more like a procedure on my foot that involved it being cut with a sharp tool and bandaged to stop the bleeding afterward. It was a biopsy for a suspicious mole, and you know those are not to be trusted. The whole thing took maybe three minutes, but I have worried about it for the past five weeks. This is just plain stupid. So yes, I am calling myself stupid.

It’s just that when I went to the dermatologist last time and he spotted the thing, nestled cosily between two toes to avoid being seen, he set up today’s appointment and added, “It’s probably nothing but we need to check it out. It might hurt a little.” So of course my brain filtered out the part about it probably being nothing and went with the fact that it would hurt. Maybe. A little. Still, whenever I flashed on the upcoming appointment, that’s what I thought of.

So here’s my advice to doctors: Don’t say scary shit! Just say, “It’s nothing, don’t give it another thought.” Jeeze, what do they teach these kids in med school anyway?

—Andrea Rouda

Andrea Rouda blogs at The Daily Droid



2 thoughts on “Advice to Doctors

  1. Nancy G says:

    To docs it’s always “probably nothing”. Jeez. Hope it really was nothing.

  2. Carol says:

    Oh yea, I can relate, hope all’s well that ends well

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