Based on a true story

I had two, slightly more unusual diagnoses the other night in work. One was luxatio erecta (honestly google it, it’s not even rude…) and bilateral internal carotid artery dissections. Both of which have provided all the needed coffee break conversation with the other docs. Is it miserable and sad that we have nothing more interesting to talk about or reflective that we genuinely find it all rather interesting? Mixture of both I’m sure.

All of this adds to the back catalogue of medical stories we get to tell. Almost invaribly beginning “one time I had this patient with [insert medical condition here] and he was real sick and then i used my magical healing hands and fixed him and he went on to write Crime and Punishment…” Or something like that anyhow.

Every story I tell has an element of “whoa look at me, I’m cool, I’m the boy” in it. The skill and the difficulty is to tell the story without the endless exagguration and self-promotion. I’m working on it.

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