"I have little bit problem with my casserole"
A client explaining his family history of CHOLESTEROL problems. Caused some confusion for a few minutes as I thought he was struggling with a cooking recipe and asked what his favourite casserole dish is to make. Language barrier problems!
Not a shabby view for the morning commute
"I have big mobs little paining bit here"
Whaaa? Choose one size and start again please
"I’m 5th generation since colonization and we still can’t break down sugars or fats. We’re a transient population that wasn’t made to be sitting in one place"
Happy birthday.. For tomorrow or yesterday?
Speaking with an Aboriginal Health Worker about problems Indigenous clients face with genetic predisposition and how the lifestyles of generations have changed with time
Me- “***, were you born in November 1954?” [asked to differentiate between two client files with the same name]
Patient- “oh is that when is my birthday?”
To follow on from the post below this one, another rarity is a client who knows their exact birthdate. Often the month or year of birth is known, less often the date is remembered. I’ve previously posted about the huge amount of clients “born” on the 01/01 of any given year, as this day is used as the birth date for a client who only has record of the year of date.
However, I’ll always remember a client who was born on 06/06/66, when I commented on the date they replied that six is Satan’s number and they wished for another birthdate for better luck- so maybe the 01/01 isn’t all that bad.
"This is ***, she can write her own name for you [for the correct spelling]"
A rarity in a profession where you are seeing middle aged clients who cannot tell you the spelling of their own name, or write it down for you. Name search using the phonetic spelling is often a godsend for finding the correct patients files.
"When I use my toes to scratch my leg they too long and scratch too hard. Make them small for small scratching please"
Made a bestie out bush on my walk tonight. Had a heart stopping moment when he bounded out of the bush on the side of the road, I couldn’t figure out if he was a cheeky dog or a nice dog until he gave me this big grin and escorted me home.
"Don’t go away, you’re on my hit list"
A reassuring way to speak to clients