Patient calls me. "Doc, I'm feeling really terrible today. In so much pain. Couldn't go to work. Really feeling awful."
"Okay, one second, let me take a look at your chart..."
"Sure, sure. Really, I'm just totally wiped out."
"Have you taken your temperature?"
"Yeah, it's normal."
"Okay, I'm looking at your chart. Uh, you had your gall bladder removed yesterday?"
"Were you feeling like this before the surgery?"
"No, no, I was feeling okay."
"Yeah, you're feeling like this because you had surgery yesterday."
"No, doc. It was laparoscopic."
"The surgeon said it would be nothing. He didn't say anything about pain."
"Even laparoscopic surgery is surgery. You had the procedure yesterday. It's normal to be feeling terrible. Have you been taking the pain medication?"
"No, I don't like to take stuff like that."
"Then it's not surprising you have pain!"
"I think he botched the surgery. It was laparoscopic. I'm supposed to be fine."
"You had the surgery yesterday. This pain is normal."
"If this is normal, I'll tell you one thing-- I'm never having my gall bladder removed again."
"That's right, you're not."
"Okay, write that down in my chart."