Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Can't hold a thought. Period.

My forty-something patient and I chatted about her recent hysterectomy before we got started on the business of her annual exam. As we settled into her medical history, I ran through my usual questions about her energy level, sleep habits, diet, and exercise.

Moving on through the interview, I looked up and asked "So when was your last period?"

3 comments:

Denco said...

My favorite menopause moment, to date at least, was when we were visiting my brother and sister in law over Christmas. There was a mad dash to get to church and Mary was trying to make sure we got out the door. I heard her say to her daughter "Anna where are your, uh, your, uh, foot coverings?" One of the kids wrapped up a shoe for her to open on Christmas day.

Femail doc said...

Amazing how you can dance your way around a word, describe it, picture it, just can't say it.

Mauigirl said...

ROTFL! I bet you and your patient both had a good laugh over that!

Re: Denco's comment, I have been doing this stuff a lot lately, trying to think of a word and having to use a combination of words to describe it. It's a little scary because I think Alzheimer's patients do that too! I'm glad to hear it's just menopause!