* * Anonymous Doc

Monday, May 3, 2010

I spent half of the day seeing clinic patients. One guy, an immigrant from Russia, I used the translator phone to understand what he was saying. As the visit finished, I let the translator go-- as soon as she's off the line, the patient says to me, in his broken English:

"I also have a, how you say, sexual problem."

"Um... okay, what kind of problem?"

"My wife, uh, she does not want to have sex."

"Has this always been the case, or has something changed?"

"Always problem, but more now."

"Perhaps she should see a doctor-- she could have a medical problem."

"Uh, I hear in this country, some women have boyfriends?"

"You think your wife is seeing someone else?"

"No, no, no." He laughed. "No, I just wonder if maybe it would help if she see someone else. I am, you know, not as handsome as I was before."

"You're saying you want your wife to have a boyfriend?"

"I think that could help, yes. You do not?"

"I don't really know if I'm the right person to be talking to about this."

"Do you know anyone who could be my wife boyfriend?"

"I'm really sure I'm not the right person to be talking to about this."

"Do you have a wife?"

"I'm going to have to talk to my supervisor and see if there's somewhere we can refer you--"


  1. Sometimes just give the best advice you can instead of trying to find another person for him to talk to. You could have just said you don't think its going to help his wife want to have sex with him if she finds another boyfriend.

  2. But sometimes it does help.

  3. I think it is great that the husband is worried that his wife has a decreased interest in sex and is giving her permission to have sex with another partner. Sex is an essential human need.
    It takes a very enlightened person to understand that one person may not fulfill the sexual needs of another and be secure enough to allow the spouse to take another sexual partner.

  4. you're kind of on the look out for a nice lady, right? here's your opportunity!! hahaha....