5. Go in For One Thing for One Patient, Someone Else Gets Diagnosed
Sometimes, you might take a friend or family member to the doctor with you. In most cases, it is your mother. Even so, you have certain expectations when you go to the doctor’s office as to what they might say to you. What you don’t expect is that the doctor will diagnose someone else in the room with you who didn’t come as a patient. It can be a bit alarming and confusing, but doctors don’t usually provide medical advice for free. Thankfully for kasowavd, the doctor’s random diagnosis ended up saving their mother’s life.
“My mom accompanied my sister on a visit to an allergist. The doc walked into the room, looked up from reading the chart, stopped dead in his tracks, and stared at my mother. Seemingly mesmerized, he walked up to my mom. Without asking permission or saying a word, poked a finger into her cheek. ‘You need to get to the ER right now.’ It turns out she had advanced colon cancer. She was bleeding internally and severely anemic,. Plus, her heart was failing, and fluid was backing up. It caused her face to be really pasty and bloated (which he recognized), and when he pressed his finger to her cheek, he saw serious pitting edema.”