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Monday, September 10, 2007

They're gonna be just fine

The Scene:  My parents, having just returned from their summer sojourn in the diaspora, need to take care of some logistical issues with their health fund general practitioner... resulting in the following phone call yesterday evening:

General Practioner:  Hi, this is Dr. ________, I understand you left a message for me earlier today?

My Mother:  Yes, thanks for calling back.  We just got back from the U.S. last week.  While we were there, my doctor put me on a new drug called __________ .  However, he told me that I need to be monitored closely while I'm taking it.  He said that when I landed in Israel I had to make an appointment right away with a very good rheumatologist... can you help me with that?

General Practioner:  [~without missing a beat~] Oh darn, I'd wanted to set you up with a really bad rheumatologist.

[~pregnant pause~]

My Mother:  Um, I guess that was a silly thing for me to ask, wasn't it?

I must say, that aside from the obvious fact that my parent's GP seems to have a very nice sense of humor, I was pleased to see that mom & dad are having no trouble navigating the sometimes-frustrating socialized medical system here.

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Wait... Mom made the call?!!! Where's Dad?!!!

Posted by: val | Sep 10, 2007 2:56:40 PM

I'm sure they can handle whatever comes their way :)

Posted by: tnspr569 | Sep 10, 2007 4:16:53 PM

Ok, that's just funny. LOL

Posted by: Tina-cious.com | Sep 10, 2007 4:33:58 PM

My neurologist has a sense of humor too, of the gallows variety. When I went to see him a few weeks ago, he was asking all his patients if they were DEA agents. It turns out that another neurologist down the street....one he did his residency with....had just been arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration for writing bad prescriptions for nice things like Oxycodone. He grilled me to see what I knew about the arrest, but that was the first I had heard of it.

Posted by: Karl Newman | Sep 11, 2007 12:44:41 AM

I don't think the doctor's joke was valid. Being a doctor only guarantees competence, but there are endless levels of expertise a doctor can attain. Some conditions require vigilant monitoring for very subtle symptoms, and you would want someone that has the skill to see what others might not. A young friend of ours went to a general practitioner to examine a mole on his back. He was told to ignore it, it was nothing to worry about, and he didn't worry about it for another year or so. He is now hanging on by a thread in his fight against melanoma.

Posted by: Barzilai | Sep 11, 2007 1:25:16 AM

Hi Trep,

Thanks for the amusing story...

Reminds me of the joke that ends with this punchline:

"...then don't hold your arm like that, nudnik."

Positive vibes to you!

Shalom,
Maksim-Smelchak.

Posted by: Maksim-Smelchak | Sep 11, 2007 10:58:13 PM

I have the name of a great rheumatologist, I owe the fact that I am able to walk and move about with relatively little pain to him. Unfortunately for your mother, he is here, in Bmore. Hmm..... Maybe I should just get the name of her Doc, and move there? K'tiva vChatima Tova!

Posted by: Faye | Sep 11, 2007 11:11:40 PM

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