"I have a green discharge..."
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Patient the other day, telling me, after years of uncontrolled blood sugar, being on insulin, etc. "I don't really think I have diabetes."
"Oh, yeah? Why not?"
"I heard something on the TV. Dr. O-Z. [pronounced 'Oh-Zee']"
"You mean Dr. Oz?"
"No, no, Dr. Oh-Zee."
"I think it's Dr. Oz."
"Like the wizard?"
"I suppose so. Like the wizard."
"No, no, Dr. Oh-Zee says diabetes is something you other doctors make up."
"No one made up diabetes. Diabetes is real, and, unfortunately, you have it."
"No, no, you should talk to Dr. Oh-Zee."
"I don't work with Dr. Oz, but you've seen a number of different doctors in the clinic here, and in the hospital, and, I assure you, everyone is on the same page about you having diabetes."
"Well, I don't want it, and they say mind over matter, so I say I don't have it."
"Okay. You still need to take your insulin."
"Whatever. I'm trying to get an appointment with Dr. Oh-Zee."
"Good luck with that."
"What, you think he only takes people with insurance?"