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Funniest thing you've seen on medical notes

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I recently ordered copies of my medical notes. Stacks of sheets to wade through, but found a couple of funny things already....

''Has unusual health beliefs'' (No specifics. Local health food shop staff found this one hilarious. It's a small independent with a handful of very knowledgeable staff).

''Drinks 2-6 cups of tea per day'' (What is the relevancy of this? They weren't discussing dehydration. Next thing they'll be noting down my favourite type of chilli paste).

And, best of all...

''We can't stop him googling''. (Damn right. I've solved a fair few health problems with assiduous googling. Meaning less doc and A and E visits. Problem?).

Add yours below :D
All sounds completely normal to me!
My fave is the cryptic acronyms you find. One of our members here knows loads of them!

One from A&E admissions is 'BRI'.....Beer Related Injury (ie, fell over when drunk).

There's another one about I think 'handbag clutchers'....it means 'little old ladies sitting anxiously clutching their handbags'.....That one would definitely be me!!!!!

Strangely, medical notes never seem to include the observation 'sucks up to the doctor so doctor is reassured that patient is a complete idiot and hasn't a clue about her own health, despite having lived in her own body all her long life and knowing it a lot better than a passing medic'......!!
Only a short one, but on brother's notes it said TCI. I asked what it meant: "to come in".
jenny lucas wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:11 am

Strangely, medical notes never seem to include the observation 'sucks up to the doctor so doctor is reassured that patient is a complete idiot and hasn't a clue about her own health, despite having lived in her own body all her long life and knowing it a lot better than a passing medic'......!!
Oh yeah.....On occasion, I just give up and play dumb because some doctors don't seem to like a knowledgeable patient.Having said that, when you meet the ones who don't mind you being pro active, or even encourage it, you are that much more appreciative. I need to buy a stack of thank you cards for the good ones I've had recently.
Every referral letter I have ever seen says "Thank you for referring this pleasant xx year old lady" (or gentleman as appropriate). What code do they use for a diificult, miserable so and so? Or is 'pleasant' really code for difficult etc?
Yes, I suspect there are a LOT of 'code words' where a word means the opposite!

The referral letters can sometimes raise blood pressure though (unintentionally). My brother had one from his cardio consultant back to his GP, with a quick resume of what had been found, and what the treatment was to be etc, and the consultant referred to my brother( understandably) as 'retired'.

Sadly for my bro's already elevated bp, this did not go down well. Yes, he might be 70 but he works physically hard every day, running a holiday let business (changover days are knackering - I know, I pitch in when I'm there - I'm wiped by the end of it!), and pretty much non-stop at the computer doing all the bookings, finances and papaerwork etc. Then there is the ongoing mowing the large lawns, fetching and stacking firewood, shimming up ladders to clear gutters, crawling over the roofs to fix tiles, etc etc etc. It just doesn't stop!

'Retired'? I think not!

The upside, of course, is that together with the dog walking (his 'therapy time'!), he DOES keep pretty fit for a bloke his age!!
X, I tend to trawl the Internet, then with the doctor try and ask the kind of questions that will show I have actually researched this topic, along the lines of 'Do you think it could be xyz?' etc.

Sometimes they don't mind (the sensible ones, as you say) and sometimes they get shirty.

Just WHY they want patients to be thick as two short planks I don't know, but there it is.

Glad you've got some who aren't like that!
Dusty wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:11 pm
Every referral letter I have ever seen says "Thank you for referring this pleasant xx year old lady" (or gentleman as appropriate). What code do they use for a diificult, miserable so and so? Or is 'pleasant' really code for difficult etc?
Wait a minute.....! You get ''pleasant''? I usually get ''complex''. I think I've got referral letter jealousy now..... :lol: My medical case is definitely complex though, so, the only part of it that bothers me is the thought that I am probably going to get diagnosed and treated later (we've had this a lot in my family. We tend to specialise in rare diseases. It takes ages to get them dx and tx :roll: )

I do actually try hard to be pleasant, but, when they're leaving you in pain that is making you consider your ''self deliverance'' options, you just have to go on a google binge and get a bit persistent. I never used to be like this as a patient, but boy did I pay the price.

My GP seems to quietly admire my recent efforts with my case though. After I ordered up a stack of notes and found a couple of useful old, forgotten letters from specialists, she said ''I can't decide whether you're a hero or bonkers X''. I said ''probably 50:50 by this stage doc'' :lol:
jenny lucas wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:52 pm
Yes, I suspect there are a LOT of 'code words' where a word means the opposite!

The referral letters can sometimes raise blood pressure though (unintentionally). My brother had one from his cardio consultant back to his GP, with a quick resume of what had been found, and what the treatment was to be etc, and the consultant referred to my brother( understandably) as 'retired'.

'Retired'? I think not!
Agree Jenny, he sounds anything but retired. A hard slog, but there is certainly something very satisfying about a good day's work. I really miss being a push bike courier/gardener. I do still speed in my manual wheelchair though ..... ;) (and my spider plants have survived 3 years with me. Probably a record. I must ring Guiness......