Sunday, March 9, 2008

Don't call me baby

One of my patients called me baby the other day. I've seen him before a few times and he's always been very quiet and subdued but he came in the other day smiling and very upbeat and proclaimed 'hi baby'. My assistant immediately snapped back 'who are you calling baby?' (she's very snappy on a good day) to which he replied 'both of you actually, but I'm going to marry her one day' *gestures towards me*. I didn't know what to do, so I said 'oh really?' and laughed, then we all laughed. Maybe it was an indication that he's on the healing path but I felt very uncomfortable. I really didn't want to examine him and I felt incredibly uncomfortable doing it (him grinning foolishly the whole while). Then I wrote his prescription and sent him on his way too merry way, secretely hoping I never have to see him again.

5 comments:

Expensive Mistakes and Cheap Thrills said...

hard to decide if that's flattering or creepy...

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amanzimtoti said...

Mistakes - Creepy. Super creepy!

Bongi said...

sometimes it is reasonable to refuse to treat someone.

Roer said...

Must have been really awkward and weird. He might have meant nothing by it, but still, having to examine him after that little incident...

Cathy said...

Wow, it was bad enough calling you baby but then proclaiming he was going to marry you, is just creepy. I would think it very inappropriate talking to a doctor in that way.