Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I am an Idiot

Thanks y'all for the reassuring emails and comments.

Turns out I am actually the most high-reactive-psycho-with-impaired-self-diagnosing-abilities.

Proof that one should never diagnose/treat oneself.

I guess when you spend the summer in a pit of MRSA it is bound to be on your list of differentials but really ABB? Really?? Gad! I am so annoyed with myself for jumping to that conclusion (and depleting my Bactrim stash).


Stress does really weird things to rational thought processes. Really weird things. Funny how I can be calm when someone starts bleeding out of their eye sockets in front of me but when I have a few bumps of folliculitis on my leg I completely fly off the handle.

I am actually so embarrassed I thought about taking the original MRSA post down, but then thought, no...I'll leave it as a reminder to myself of what happens when I turn into an irrational medical student/emergency nurse.

I promise I will use this event as a lesson for the future.



Absentbabinski said...

ABB? What's that?

Also, don't feel bad about getting a taste for self-diagnosis. After my hearing loss case I thought I had an acoustic neuroma. And after one troubling grey BM, I was positive I had Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. Turned out I had just eaten a job lot of blueberries.

I'm just glad my current crop of cases are all about pregnancy!
Hope you're feeling better


Albinoblackbear said...
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Albinoblackbear said...

"ABB" is the shortened version of "albinoblackbear" hence why I chuckled when almost referred to you with that acronym.

Hilarious. We have the same curriculum. Lemme guess, Gerrard* the machinist? The Coakleys* and their conception issues? I shudder to recall the day I broke down and bought an embryo textbook.

Yes doing much better, thanks! :)

*Not real names people in blogland, don't worry, I am not that unprofessional!

Absentbabinski said...

Sorry! The minute I thought about for more than 30 seconds I realised how daft I was!

This week is mother with learning difficulties and a bun in the oven. All our cases are written by heads of different specialities, so we've got a string of cases concocted by the O+G consultant who men want to be and women want to be with!

Urgh. I never realised how I'd managed to sleep-walk through the science of human reproduction until now.

Albinoblackbear said...

Ahh, ok so not *exactly* the same then. Just figured since we had sensorineural hearing loss then preggo cases last fall.

Damn--sounds like you got some hip lecturers.

We've got a couple of consultants that are great lecturers. Many who breeze in and sit in front of the laptop and read off PPP slides verbatum. And a couple who tuck their ties into hiked up trousers....or pronounce migraine, "mee-graine".

Grumpy, M.D. said...

So much for my dermatology skills. I figured it was a cutaneous Treponema Pallidum infection.

Fordo said...

Chuckle. Glad you're okay.

I heard at some time that med students routinely think they're infected with whatever disease process they are currently studying. Is there a name for that? It escapes me.

Anonymous said...

I think its called Medstudentitis. I'm glad you are ok ABB! Don't be so hard on yourself girl, we've all been there :)....

Albinoblackbear said...

Grump---hahah, see? If you hear hoofbeats you think "neuro problem!"

If I hear them--I think "MRSA!!!!!!!!"

We can't help it! It is what we know. And no, I didn't have a painless chancre. Hahah.

Fordo--It's true, my sweet darling study partner Margaret (who is the picture of 26 year old gorgeous Irish-woman) was convinced she had emphysema last year during that section. I thought I had esophageal cancer also last year for about 4 days, also. Though I didn't actually start myself on chemotherapy that time.

And I agree with Ninja--I think it is medstudentitis.

Ninja--aw thanks so much. I still feel like a tool though! :)

Cartoon Characters said...

We all do it. Don't feel bad. :)

Bostonian in NY said...

Grumpy- you should look into an ID fellowship...;)