Thursday, February 03, 2005

The doctor can't read your mind

I just saw a patient who was waiting for his IVF ( in vitro fertilisation) treatment, and he seemed very tense and nervous. I asked him the reason, and he seemed very embarassed and hesitant. After considerable prodding, he finally blurted out, " Doctor, I am very scared about the possibility of my sperm being mixed up with someone else's in the IVF lab ".
I took him in the lab and showed him how we ensure this doesn't happen, after which he was much happier and very relieved.
The moral of the story is simply - The doctor cannot read your mind ! Let him know what your worries are, so he can allay them - after all, that's his job !
Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question. " The only stupid question is the one you don't ask !"

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