I don’t typically name a patient of the week. or day. or year. If you’re reading this you know who you are. Below you will find a short story about her trip to the MD to get her blood pressure checked and to see if she still needed to take her blood pressure meds. I will use the fictitious name ‘Joan’ below.
Doctor: “So how are you feeling Joan”
Joan: Great – no problems at all.
Doctor: I see you were in last year for with back pain from a herniated disc – Did Dr. (Ortho) get that fixed?
Joan: No, I saw Dr. Patten instead.
Doctor: Wait. You didn’t take my referral and saw some Chiropractor? (I’m glad he knew I was a Chiropractor)
Joan: Yes, my mom referred me to see him. She had the same problem.
Doctor: So you had to see him 50 times, pay him a few thousand dollars and you’re still hurting and that’s why you’re here, right?
Joan: No, I saw him about 8 or 9 times when it was bad. Now I see him about every six weeks unless I do something stupid. (patient’s words, not mine)
Doctor: Well, he’s scamming you.
Joan: How is he scamming me?
Doctor: Because if that stuff worked you would only have to do it once.
Joan: (my favorite part) So I don’t have to take my blood pressure pills any more?
Doctor: If he told you to stop taking your meds I’m going to-
Joan: No. You don’t understand. You just told me to stop taking my medication.
Doctor: No I didn’t.
Joan: But if that stuff really works I should only have to take it once. I am here today to check if I need a refill on my blood pressure pills.
Doctor: Of course you do.
Joan: But nobody took my blood pressure.
Doctor: You just do. (doctor leaves)
Sometimes logic just works. Thank you for making my day.
Eric Patten, Chiropractor