Throwing stones

“What medical problems does your grandmother have?”

“High blood pressure, err… I don’t really know…”

“You live here with her but you don’t know your grandmother’s medical history?”

And then I realize, it’s not like I know my grandmother’s medical history that well either.*

“Never mind.”

*But at least I typed all that info up in the familiar format that medics love.

6 thoughts on “Throwing stones”

  1. I can relate. I am my grandfathers medical power of attoney and don’t know his full history either. I just say “He’s 98 and has everything”. Usually brings about a laugh or two.

  2. Sir, how long has your wife been on the floor bleeding from the head?

    “I don’t know. I heard a crash about an hour ago. When I checked on her, she was seizing. Then I went in the living room and took a nap.”

    While your wife was seizing and after she had fallen off the bed and hit her head on the night stand?


    What medications is she on?

    “I don’t know.”

    Who is her doctor?

    “I don’t know.”

    What is her date of birth?

    “I am sorry. I don’t know. We just got married 6 months ago.”


  3. Up until a few years ago when I had to learn it, I hardly knew my mother’s medical history. She was able to manage her own affairs and didn’t see a need to share it with her children.

    Even worse, I don’t even have a list of the medications Mrs. TOTWTYTR takes. Although I do know her birthday. And our anniversary. Both of which contribute to my continued good health.

  4. My fave. is trying to pry the info out for a good 10 minutes and then they say “yo, heres da sheet right here” well, atleast they have one.

    btw, love the blog. my partner and i are loving it.

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