What's Up, Docs?| Volume 350, ISSUE 4, P327-328, October 2015

A Penny for Our Thoughts

  • Michael E. Ullian
    Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, 96 Jonathan Lucas Street, MSC 629, Charleston, SC 29425-6290
    Medical University of South Carolina
    Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
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      We brought Penny to a local clinic with emergency services. We were pleased that this small clinic was not far from home and even more pleased that the waiting room was empty when we arrived at 10:15 pm so that Penny would not have to wait. As we were not in the safest part of town, the receptionist told us not to open the outside door if the bell rang unless we knew the people on the other side of the door; the receptionist or nurse would buzz them in. Who would we know there? Gabrielle and I are both general internists; we had experienced long emergency room stays, from both doctors' and patients' points of view. We opened our novels and hunkered down. I noticed that she was peeking at me and frowning intermittently over her reading glasses and book. Was this merely a manifestation of worry? Had the injury been my fault? Was there internal damage in addition to superficial lacerations?
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