I saw a patient of mine in a shopping mall yesterday.
And I quickly turned the other way.
I mean quickly.
I ducked behind a pole.
I watched, until she was far enough away that I knew she wouldn't see me, and then I left. The mall. Completely.
Which makes me a crazy person, right?
She's not even a terrible patient. I just couldn't imagine having to have a conversation with her outside the hospital. I couldn't imagine even having to say hello. I've been traumatized by the job! I can't even bear to think about having one second of a patient interaction when I don't have to. It's not like she was even necessarily going to recognize me out of my white coat. Or even if she did, like she'd want to say hello to her doctor? Probably not. But I couldn't take the chance.
I have become a crazy person.