Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | October 3, 2013

You Don’t Want to be Special

Everyone is special, precious, unique; worthy of dignity and respect. However when it comes to getting sick, trust me, you don’t want to be special.

You don’t want to go downtown to the super-sub-specialist for your hard-to-control seizures and be told, “I’m stumped!”

You don’t want to have the one-of-a-kind tumor that no one’s ever seen before, let alone knows how to treat.

Whatever disease or condition you come down with, trust me, you don’t want it to present in a way no one recognizes.

When you’re sick, you want to hear your doctor say that he’s seen this a million times, and treated it that many times as well! Yes, it may be the first time you’re dealing with this particular condition, and yes, it’s your life with which it’s wreaking havoc. But to your doctor, you want to be boring. Same old, same old. Something they’re all comfortable with because it’s so familiar — no matter how alien it may be to you.

You don’t want to hear, “Wow, I’ve never seen this before.” You want to hear, “Oh, yes; we can handle this.”

Of course you’re special. I know that. We all know that. And we strive to respect and cherish your individuality throughout the course of your treatment.

But trust me: you don’t want to be “special” to your doctor. Not like that.



  1. A couple of years ago, I had a bilateral pulmonary embolism. As an otherwise healthy, 33-year-old who doesn’t smoke, this was fairly unusual. Last month, I went to the doctor for something else, and my regular doctor was on vacation, so I was someone else in the office. After she looked up my chart, she said “Oh you’re that patient! You’re famous.”

  2. The problem is that all my horses keep growing stripes and hang out on the Serengeti.

  3. The other thing you don’t want to be is “interesting”.

  4. The other thing you don’t want to be is “interesting”.

  5. Speaking as a “special” patient, Dr. H is right. 😦

  6. Heh. I have the same experience as Apsalar, above 🙂 My PCP always introduces me to her students as “my most interesting patient.” They get the “big eyes” when they hear about my survival of a saddle PE.

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