One of my rather anxious patients came to see me. She was worried about her knee pain as the MRI scan apparently showed a minuscule tear.
'But doctor, my knee does hurt and it doesn't feel minuscule.'
Unfortunately I did not have the report with me, but I figured out that she meant a meniscal tear.
We both had a good laugh. She was relieved that all her symptoms were not 'minuscule' and that her knee pain was being taken seriously.
- Dr Jayadevi Palekanda, Chellaston, Derby
A patient who had suffered a string of personal disasters - including losing his job, home and partner within a year - despite making what he felt were the right decisions at that time, was referred to the Community Mental Health Team urgently for assessment.
I noticed on the discharge summary 'Options exploded with him ...'
I think that was a typo and should have been 'explored'. But then again considering how badly things had gone for him, maybe it wasn't.
- Dr Adrian Song, London
Another humdrum surgery was brightened by an older lady who complained of a breast problem.
When the area was uncovered my eyes were drawn to a sticker on her breast. It read 'Golden Delicious' and had a little picture of an apple. My patient, clearly embarrassed, said she had been buying apples earlier but had no idea how the sticker got there.
- Dr Shaun McBride, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
I was doing my daily prescriptions in the room behind our reception desk when I heard the phone being put down followed by a huge giggle from my staff.
Intrigued, I came through to ask what was going on.
On the screen were details of a patient who recently became pregnant who had telephoned to request frolic acid.
I couldn't help having a bit of a giggle, too.
- Dr Gurjinder Randhawa, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
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