Some patients are really helpful – others not so much

I hold a special tenderness for patients who try and help make my job easier.  Their efforts can be so earnest, albeit sometimes misguided. 

A 40-year-old woman presented with a history of severe cramping during her most recent menstrual cycle. She brought me a specimen of menstrual debris, mucous and clot wrapped in toilet paper.  

She carefully unfolded the toilet paper and popped it on my desk.

In my most professional demeanour, I give it a thoughtful look to appear to be appreciative of her