What do you want from me???

Posted on January 28, 2009. Filed under: Journal from behind the desk... |


It’s rainy, it’s dull and it’s windy…Proper winter weather…and I quite like it…

But alas my patients don’t seem so keen!  Everyone (except me of course), is in a foul mood, neither my charm, wit nor “damn fine looks” can make anyone perk up a bit.

One of my cheery chappies this morning came in complaining of something boring, then dropped into the conversation that he was suffering depression again.  So I entered a conversation with him, assessed the extent of his depression and offered him varying treatment options…some self help literature…to which he grumbled…”I don’t agree with this self help culture”. (No comment, actually blow it…I shall comment… when are patients going to take some responsibility for their own health?…I’ll stop now or else I’ll go completely off track).

I then identified that he had previous been seen by the mental health team and that I could re- refer him…. he declined this as a “waste of time”.  I identified that although anti-depressants weren’t the best way to treat depression, he had used them in the past, so we could try those again, but he didn’t like taking medication.  Then, oh yes right then, after I had offered him access to a range of mental health facilities, and medication, and literature…then, he said…there’s nothing available for patients with mental health problems in this country.  Nutter (that’s oxymoron sarcasm (if you can work that out)).

It just didn’t get any better from there.   My next patient had a sinus infection, that although had only been causing symptoms for 2 days, and hadn’t caused any facial swelling, lymphadenopathy or blood stained nasal drainage, had the devistating effect of removing her whole personality and removed her ability to be polite, friendly or even partially smile.

How can these people be SOOOO grumpy? Sure the weathers dull, the financial markets aren’t great…but didn’t they hear The Goons on the radio this morning…

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