“Mr C in room “Great Grace” has high BP reading”
Quynh one of my medical assistants reported
***Side note: We name our rooms
Me: Hi C how are you?
C: Hi Dr O nice to meet you
He looked nervous…
“ I don’t like seeing doctors” he admitted with an equally nervous chuckle
“Each time I see them something’s wrong”
He had come in … Mid 30s and needing nagging skin tag on his trunk removed!
I don’t blame you, I replied.
I bet the name Olabintan also sounded intimidating too
By the way, I don’t like seeing them TOO OFTEN too!
Mr C: huh?
Me: doctors- them!
He didn’t expect that respons
I continued … “so I go for my check up yearly so I don’t have to see them down the line for something that could have been prevented if caught early”
He had moved to the area from New York!
The cold winter of Texas had him confused. Me too!!!
We talked about the city life in New York and the differences to here.
The joys of the south.
He relaxed a little.
Let’s recheck your blood pressure…
They were better!
We discussed white coat hypertension
It being a possibility
He would check his BP at home
Return with his device and we would compare notes AKA readings…
Don’t fear doctors visits I encouraged him…
See them as check points in life in your journey to living long and well!
We did a “double fist bump” (or chop knuckle) as we ended the visit!
So here’s a double fist bump to you!
Doing the needful.