Wit 'n' wisdom - 14 February 2012

A patient – not the sharpest tool in the shed – asked me if we had put up the black plastic to celebrate Halloween.

Dr Robyn Coulson of Brisbane had a 50-year-old patient who was greatly amused by a ­computer-generated letter from a colleague at the practice: “Thank you for seeing Mrs S with manopausal symptoms of decreased libido and hot flushes...” 

“Oh how true,”she giggled.

Another patient, after requesting a skin check for her husband, who was sitting beside her, informed Dr Coulson that her husband had recently undergone removal of his “technicals” for cancer, pointing towards his scrotum. 

Dr Coulson innocently assumed she meant his testicles. 

But assumptions can be dangerous – she in fact meant “tentacles” from a spreading melanoma. 

After all, it was a skin check she wanted.

W’n’W legend Dr Sylvia