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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

"I'm Alive"

Three patients said this to me today in response to my usual opening line of "How are you?" My automatic reply to this is: "Well, that's a start."

Any significance? Maybe it's the weather.

1 comment:

PsychoToddler said...

That's exactly what hapenned to me when I started skipping tachanun.
Doctor Bean | Homepage | 06.08.05 - 10:51 pm | #

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That sounds more of an answer that a palentologist might get. You sure you're not one of those...or maybe a psychiatrist?
Pearl | Homepage | 06.08.05 - 11:55 pm | #

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that;s my standard line. Usually people don't listen to that "how are you" question. It's only asked out of politeness by most people. But from a doctor - I wouldsay the answer is important.

BTW thats the first q my shrink asks me every session. How can 3 little words be so damn pregnant?
Kiki | Homepage | 06.09.05 - 12:02 am | #

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If a paleontologist get's an answer of "I'm Alive" from one of his subjects, he better start running.
psychotoddler | Homepage | 06.09.05 - 9:58 am | #

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My brother worked in a health club and he would greet the plethora of old folk who were always hanging out. My bro would say " hi, how you doing?". There was one eighty year old who would respond by looking at himself up and down, then at my brother and say "hard to tell..... hard to tell."(say it out loud with a Yiddish accent, the way Billy Crystal would, it is much more accurate and funny)
dilbert | Homepage | 06.09.05 - 2:13 pm | #

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I use a couple of Billy Crystal lines from "The Princess Bride." After examining an anxious patient, I may say something like, "I've seen worse."

I also run around the kitchen with my hands over my ears yelling "I'm NOT LISTENING!" while my wife calls me a "LIAR!"
psychotoddler | Homepage | 06.09.05 - 2:33 pm | #

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I think it's fair to say that both of our marriages are held together by a shared appreciation for using movie quotes. We typically favor "Fletch", or anything "Monty Python"; but the "Princess Bride" is good too. Perhpas we should write a book. Something along the lines of "Sucessful marriage through lowbrow comedy."
ball-and-chain | 06.09.05 - 4:38 pm | #

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When my patients ask if I think they are going to make it, I tell them "not a chance". Of course, my wife sends me off in the morning with "have fun storming the castle"
dilbert | Homepage | 06.10.05 - 12:04 pm | #

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