I went to see Doctor Jumbo today

How are you? He asked

I’m not so fine doctor

My head hurts, it feels like it is being axed.

When I turn my hand like so, it hurts.

I have this pain in my feet

It seems to move from my knees right to my big toe

And whenever I bend like so, I can’t even take a seat.

I can’t bend my neck fully

When I try to, I feel a cramp

It hurts so bad I feel I will die

It feels like it is gonna snap.

I’ve had this feeling for a while

Ever since I worked in the railways

I was a handyman there

Making sure I was punctual always.

So why did I stop seeing Dr Jumbo?

For as I stood up after thirty minutes

I happened to glance at his notes

And all he had written was “pains”.

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  1. Erm – the answer (or interpretation) here depends what side of the desk you are sitting on (maybe).

    For Dr Jumbo to listen for 30 minutes either shows a lack of communication skills, burnout or recognition of a ‘difficult patient’. That said – even in doc shorthand ‘pains’ shows little history taking, an inability to meet the needs of his patient or plain boredom.

    If I had seen ‘pains’ or my notes, whether a difficult patient or not, I tend to think I would not see Dr Jumbo again…

    Anna :o]

  2. Maybe Dr jumbo was showing of his good active listening skills and intended to write somemore after patient had left the room.

    Did he see a signature after "pains"?

    But surely Dr Jumbo said more than 'how are you'.

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