Monday, December 05, 2005

Clever or Ignorant

We all have had to fill out medical questionnaires when visiting a medical establishment for the first time. They are pretty important tools for your provider. They are even better tools for the ancillary staff.

Today one of my co-workers was giggling uncontrollably as I walked by. Of course my curiosity got the best of me. There is a section on the questionnaire asking sexual orientation. One of our patients answered the section by stating very active. I asked the co-worker the age and occupation of the patient. I was trying to determine if they were being clever in an effort to give someone who reviews the document a chuckle. The patient was 34 and under the section regarding work history, he replied “lots.”

Alas, the patient wasn’t clever, just obtuse. At least he is having fun.


Anonymous said...

OBTUSE. I love that word, excellent description!

Weary Hag said...

You always have perfectly timed and incredible use of fifty cent words. A gal after my very own heart!

I once wrote on each line of my medical questionaire in my doctor's office "please refer to my last 20 completed questionaires." I kid you not. The girls in the office loved it.
But then, I also left a handwritten note on the inside of each thigh when I went to the OB-GYN's office - it read "enter" on one side and "at own risk" on the other. My doc and I were pretty good friends who shared the same sick humor. I've left other notes on my thighs as well. Sadly, he's retired now. Where are those kinds of doctors when you need them?