A health history I don’t recognize
I went to the dentist the other day. I was long overdue for a cleaning and after all the abuse my body has been through in the past six months I figured it was time. I was a new patient so I was given a new patient questionnaire to fill out.
Has your health changed significantly in the past 2 years? Yes.
Have you been hospitalized in the past year? Yes.
When is the last time you were seen by a doctor? Yesterday.
Please list the names of your treating physicians. Um, I have more treating physicians than the space provided. Should I use the back?
Please circle “Yes” or “No” if any of the following apply to you:
Please list the type of cancer. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, primary mediastinal b cell lymphoma.
Blood transfusions. Yes.
I’ve filled these questionnaires out many times. I took pleasure in writing “N/A” with long lines through all of the ailments listed. Who is this person with this health history that I now have to disclose? How could she be me?