4. Trying To Convince A Patient And Her Parents That There’s Nothing Wrong
At some point, when a person believes that they’re sick, it can be difficult for a doctor to convince them otherwise, no matter how much medical information is provided to them. One such condition is called delusional parasitosis, where a person suffers from a psychological disorder where they believe they are infected with parasitic worms or bugs. Providing medication for these parasites can have terrible side effects, and there’s no guarantee the patient will feel “cured” since there’s nothing wrong with them anyway. Unfortunately for Smeeee, they had one such patient come in.
“She actually brought a sample of these worms. She brought them in a glass, covered with saran wrap. I held it up to the light. It looked like saliva with clumps of mucus in it. As I was trying to convince her that it was just normal spit, her parents arrived. Mom and dad were livid with me when I suggested that it was in her head. So I opened up the glass, and with a gloved hand, I pulled out the “worms.” I ran it around in my fingers and showed them. I saw it in dad’s face, and then he turned to his wife and said, “honey, I think we need to talk.” I left the room, and they took her home 15 minutes later.”