Wednesday, January 14, 2009

how HIGH is your pain level?

I have a few minutes in between patients to tell y'all about a patient I had.

I had a new patient who came into the clinic with some neck pain that radiated down his arm to his elbow. While doing a few orthopedic tests, I pressed down on his head. A cloud of dust/smoke billowed upwards and I noticed the distinct smell of marijuana. I thought about asking him if he had open-angle or closed-angle glaucoma just to be a smart ass. But I decided to be a professional and stopped. Towards the end of the exam, his stomach growled. I couldn't resist. "Got the munchies?" I asked. He laughed.