Patients as bad historians: Typical day in the life of Tara the Patient 🤪

Today at USC Keck.

ENT Doctor: “what surgeries have you had?”

Me: “tonsils, appendix, gallbladder, a lot of scopes, polyps in numerous places…”

ENT Doctor: “any other surgeries?”

Me: “Nope”

ENT thinks for a moment then starts examining my neck and throat..

ENT Doctor: “Hmmmm….” feels neck a little more, pauses to look at my neck from the outside too,

“have you had a [xyz] gland removed?”

Oops, oh ya, that surgery too 🤪.

Look on his face was priceless: really Ms. ******, you’re here at an ENT office and you forget to mention your ENT surgery?

I smiled kind of sheepishly then tried to explain to him when something in my medical history isn’t particularly painful or memorable, I tend to forget it…

There’s just too much going on to keep it all in my little brain 😝.

This is why I like to do everything at Cedars ❤️

About hopeforanswers

Some kind of rare immune deficiency, yet to be determined. A lifetime of infections without an elevated white cell blood or fever. Very grateful to be alive, very thankful for the friends who’ve supported me and for access to literally millions of dollars worth of medical care. I’m not the bubble child, I’m somewhere in between.
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