It arrived! The waited for the surgical consultation appointment. The patient arrived at the allocated time and was seen on time.
She entered the room and following brief introductions, the patient sat down. The consultant leaned in towards her face, asking rhetorically;
Him-“You have something wrong with your eyebrow?”
The patient involuntarily moved her head back…puzzled.
The consultant repeated, this time authoritatively, “You have a problem with your eyebrow“.
Her- “No“, the patient said, equally as authoritatively, “I do not“.
Him -“Yes you do“.
Her- “No, I do not have a problem with my eyebrow“.
The two people looked warily at each other for a moment. The patient then rolled up the sleeve of her right arm. “I have a problem with my elbow“.
The consultant slumped back in his seat, momentarily, confused. He then studied the exposed arm and asked some relevant questions about what he saw.
Him -“Would you please show me your other arm“, he requested. He then compared the two elbows agreeing there was a difference. He sifted through the file of papers in front of him. “Why were you referred to me?”
Her -“Excuse me, but what is your specialty?”
Him- “I am a skin and bowel surgeon”
Her- “Not Orthopaedic!”