- cutting the moldy parts off of food
- touching anything in public areas
- standing near children
My preceptor for clinic this semester says “Great question” a lot.
When a patient asks a question about their care or follow-up, she’ll start with “Really good question.” and then proceed to answer it.
Or if family members are asking her about a couple of things, she’ll end with “Yeah, important questions.”
"I’m glad you asked."
"Yeah, these are all great questions."
She does the same thing when I ask her questions. And when she asks me a question, even if my answer is wrong, she’ll say “Good thought.” or “Yeah, you’re on the right track.”
I’ve noticed myself opening up more because of this. I’m more willing to ask questions, less afraid of sounding dumb when answering questions.
I notice this with patients, too. They all seem more willing to open up, to ask more questions, to not be passive in their role as patient.
There’s also a hint of… pride, maybe? I’m sure they don’t get a lot of people praising them for asking questions. It’s almost childlike, like they’ve been given permission they didn’t know they were asking for. I don’t think they even realize it.
This is definitely something I want to start doing, in my interactions with patients and just in general. People get brought down in little ways all the time and after a while it can start to wear you down. Infusing a little encouragement here and there can do just the opposite. It’s so simple, just a couple of words, but it goes a long way.
Anonymous said: How do you deal with anon hate?
Imagine everyone who sends you anon hate as a 12 year old superwehrolock fan who didn’t get a good breakfast and can’t find any good apps for their phone. The neighborhood kid across the street doesn’t like them as anything more than a friend, and they are anxious about the 7th grade and what new challenges it will bring.
"Makeup should enhance your natural beauty, not obscure it. Use subtle highlights to accent the ravenous hunger in your eyes and bring out the extraordinary size of your submandibular venom glands."
"Your daily positive affirmation: today I am thankful for being alive and blessed with rows upon rows of teeth that shear right through muscle and bone."
"Conceal your dark circles. Conceal your bright chevrons and your dusky stripes. The humans must not suspect what you are."
"New research shows that ideal femininity encompasses a lamia’s beauty, a cyclops’ strength, a hydra’s deadliness, a Fury’s heartlessness, a harpy’s swiftness, and a sphinx’s love of feasting on less intelligent creatures. Be a chimera that cannot be contained!"
"Aim to be described as "inexplicably eerie," "unsettlingly off," and "I’m not sure what she looks like, I could never keep my eyes on her face long enough to see.""
— If you are not aware of the “Beauty by H.P. Lovecraft” Facebook page, you are missing the time of your life.
I remember when I was an ickle firstie and almost lost it over the 10-20 learning objectives we had each week in anatomy block.
Now in second year we get over 10 pages of objectives each week. I don’t even know when they tricked me into just accepting this as normal.
Well played, med school.
Two days into the Infectious Disease block and it has already made me more paranoid about illness than all the other blocks combined.
Hand sanitizer for days.