Friday, June 24, 2011
Cooties Jump both ways
When I go to examine a patient, I always put on a pair of those purple gloves that I despise. Today, I went to see a patient and said hello and put on the gloves when the patient said that he did not want to be touched because Drs carry all kinds of germs and spread them from patient to patient. I paused and thought about it for a second. I had to see this gentleman because he had a huge abscess that he got from drug abuse. He was unkempt and had a rash all over that looked like a cross between meth skin and scabies. I dont think he had bathed in a while as the odor in the room reminded me of a gym bag that had been left in the trunk of a car in a hot day covered with all the old laundry that a football team could muster. Politely, I accommodated his wishes but I have to admit I was the one who was more worried of catching something.