Tuesday, April 17, 2007

April 16

On Monday, I went back to Northwestern to see another doctor (this time a head-neck guy, someone in Otolaryngology, I believe), to try and clear up the mysterious case of "Why a 27 year old would get croup." For now, we're going to go with a combo one-two punch of acid reflux (which I very rarely, if ever, actually feel) and disfunctional vocal chords, because he is the doctor and I have no freaking clue.

On the way in, I see multiple instances of this: some HUGE car (hello, this one is a Navigator) parked in a spot marked "Small Car ONLY", pretty much taking up two spaces. This guy was monopolizing the one to his right, and leaving the one to the left pretty much open, which is more than I can say for most folks. The Northwestern parking garage is the biggest cluster I have ever seen: people parking crappy, driving slow, driving fast, not watching, etc. Pretty much any bad driving you can think of.

And, for your enjoyment, part of the conversation with my doctor:
Doc: Do you ever get out of breath when you run?
Me: No more than anyone else, I would think. Isn't that kind of the point?
Doc: Well, some get out of breath worse than others. Or it's more of a gasping.
Me: I don't think so. But then again I don't run very fast. I'm currently at a 12 minute mile.
Doc: 12 minutes? I am no expert on running or anything, but that is very SLOW.
Me: Thanks
Doc: No, I just mean, do you go slow so you don't get out of breath?
Me: I don't know. I just go slow.
Doc: Did you ever get out of breath doing sports as a kid?
Me: I didn't really do sports as a kid.
Doc: What do you mean? Everyone does a sport as a kid. Did you not do sports because you got out-of-breath?
Me: No, I didn't do sports because I'm just not very sporty. I just recently learned how to use an elliptical machine without falling off. I am very uncoordinated.
Doc: ... (Blank stare. Wonders how people like me exist)
Med student who is observing: (understanding nod- Seems like the kind of guy who wouldn't do sports as a kid either)


Zachary said...

basically love how every question had to deal with breathing! and for his information 12 min mile IS slow but fine for an every day runner. Its not like you are a running a race with mike. when i jog to jog, i usually pull a ten minute mile.

Running with perseverance (Heb. 12: 1-3) said...

hilarious! that has got to be one of the funniest doctor/patient conversations i ever heard!

CG said...

Best story ever!!