I'm not talking about patient education, I'm just talking about general conversation. I hear people get things wrong medically all the time, but I rarely correct people. For example, a relative said the other day that she thought her mother just had a kidney infection but then "We found out it was E. Coli!
" I didn't have the heart to tell her we all have E. coli in our guts and most kidney infections are E. coli.
I have a patient who also goes to my church. He tells everyone he has bladder cancer. He really has prostate cancer with mets to the bladder. This happens a lot with "bone" and "liver" cancer as well. I hear people say "so and so" had breast cancer and now they have "bone" cancer. Well, they most likely have bone mets, not bone cancer.
Normally, unless the person is seeking information from me or I'm in the clinical setting, I just keep my mouth shut. I figure I don't want to be an obnoxious know-it-all and, since I don't know the whole situation, I don't have all the facts.
What about you?
Jan 27, '13
Ummmm . . . . I do.
Mostly with family but I did comment on an article in local paper when they quoted someone about getting a flu shot who said a few days after the shot "my head got all stuffed up and I was coughing and then I ended up with the stomach flu afterall". A cold and norovirus are not the flu.
I also comment to my family but usually only once. Some old habits die hard for people and you can't fight them. Had one grandmother tell me I would give my baby pneumonia by changing his diaper while sitting on the rug. So I stopped doing it around her.
Have a diabetic relative who is going to a quack who insists you do not have to change your diet or exercise at all to "cure" diabetes. That's truly frustrating. But I can't change their mind, so I stopped. What was truly enjoyable for me was a recent Dr. appt for something unrelated to diabetes that I took this person to and that physician told this person after learning of the diabetes and the doc who was treating it said "He's a quack!!".
Last edit by Spidey's mom on Jan 27, '13