Over the course of my life I’ve had a little more to do with doctors than the average person without repeat prescriptions does.
I like to kid myself I’m not a hypochondriac but I’m probably edging that way.
Not least because over the past six years I’ve had doctors use such lines on me as:
‘This medication is killing you.’
‘If you do x, you will die.’
(These comments given to me whilst approaching my finals – great timing for such melodrama I think)
‘Seriously consider the possibility you won’t be able to have children.’
‘I think we have to remember that you are seriously ill.’
(These comments given to a woman who is reasonably convinced she’s ok)
A few months later after she’s developed random aches and pains which are probably psychological:
‘It’s probably stress.’
Well, gee, what could I be stressed about? Your absolutely shit bedside manner? Because I guarantee I wasn’t stressed when I first came in here.