Best conversation I had this week. Try writing script-style (or with dialogue) today to recap an awesome conversation you had this week.
(Lights up on the vitals station of a doctor’s office. There is a scale, a blood pressure cuff and reader, and a chair. A woman patient, plus-side, and a medical assistant, not, enter.)
Medical Assistant: Have a seat right here, and I’ll take your blood pressure.
Patient (sitting): Sure.
(MA secures a blood pressure cuff around the patient’s arm and turns on the machine. MA then holds out a covered thermometer.)
MA: And this goes under your tongue.
(Patient takes the thermometer and holds it in place. For several seconds, there is only the noise of the machines as the blood pressure cuff inflates and deflates and the thermometer beeps.)
Patient: Do I get to know my scores?
MA: Your temperature is 98.6 exactly, and your blood pressure is 122 over 71. Now it’s on to the scary one! (She gestures toward the scale.)
Patient stepping on the scale): Nah, the blood pressure is the scary one. I already know what this one is going to say.
MA: I take it this means you haven’t gained or lost an unusual amount of weight lately?
MA: Well, your number is a little high, so the nurse practitioner is going to want to discuss it with you.
Patient: Happens every year.
(Cut to inside of examining room. Patient is on examining table, wearing a paper gown on her top half, a second paper sheet over her lap. The nurse practitioner sits on a stool.)
Nurse Practitioner: Of course, this is where I’m supposed to tell you that your weight places you in the “clinically obese” category.
Patient: This is the part where I am not shocked, given that my weight is pretty much the same as it was last year.
NP: Are you still exercising regularly?
Patient: Yep, and my diet is still moderate and as full of as many fresh vegetables as I can get a hold of.
NP: So it seems like recommending diet and lifestyle changes is a moot point. (Glances through patient chart.) Your current blood pressure is good, and your past bloodwork has always been normal, though you are overdue for more.
Patient: So let’s do what we did last year.
NP: Which is?
Patient: Draw blood for cholesterol, blood glucose, thyroid, all that fun stuff. If something comes back that’s problematic, we can talk about it then.
NP: And if everything is normal?
Patient: We can have this same conversation again next year.
NP: Sounds like a plan to me.