Grunt Doc is right in his comment to yesterday’s post, and my interpretation of his insight? Medical education is nothing if not perverse.
Today, being aware of my perceived slowness and my lack of meaningful interaction with patients (I am liberally interpreting from my evaluation here), I felt even slower and meaner! Oddly, my patients again thanked me over and over for taking care of them, for being their doctor and I wished they’d stop…I had work to do, didn’t they realize that? Please don’t tell me about your leg pain that you’ve had for a year and a half…you’re heart valves are failing and you’re going to die soon if I don’t get my work done so PLEASE STOP TALKING TO ME! (unless you don’t mind dying, that is…)