I am a health-care provider. And like all providers, we see the following scenario constantly: Pt with fever and chills, or hacking up green nasty phlegm or a very sore throat with fever and big lymph nodes who, on their way out asks — “Hey doc, one last question: Am I contagious?”
My goodness, what are people thinking. Are they dumb or just naively hopeful or ……? Those of us in the profession can’t imagine what they are thinking. Reader: care to take a guess?
All of us in this profession laugh at a huge list of similar weird things patients say. Shhhh, it is not politically correct to talk out loud about those who entrust their health to us, but I’ve never been good at doing what folks expect. Besides, I am sure that anyone who deals with the public (cops, teachers, priests, car salesmen, waiters, help-line computer technicians …) have their own list of common stupid things they hear the public say. I’m sure you, the reader, have a list of stuff you hear on your job that reveal how dumb we are — all of us.
I am sure I say stupid generic stuff to cops, waiters, and my mechanic all the time. We are all dumb. So let’s take a second and laugh at ourselves. And maybe help ourselves not to be so dumb next time!
Question to Readers: Share something stupid that you commonly hear on your job. Oh, and in case you don’t know, “Yes, you are still contagious”. We are all contagious.