"So, I took a look at your blood results, and unfortunately I'm going to need to talk to the surgeon who's planning to perform your procedure next week -- I don't know that it's going to make sense to have the surgery until we figure out why your numbers are so abnormal."
"But I really want the surgery."
"Of course, but it's a non-urgent procedure, and if it has to wait a week or two, just so we make sure it's safe, I think we should do that."
"It's already on my calendar."
"I would think it would be. Since it's scheduled for next week. But I don't want you to end up in a situation where the surgery doesn't go well or there's a complication that could have been avoided. Your platelets are really low, and I'm not sure why."
"But I want the surgery."
"I know. And I want you to have the surgery. But I want you to have it safely."
"Why are you telling me I can't get the surgery?"
"I'm trying to explain. Your lab values were abnormal. I want to repeat the labs and see if maybe there was an error, or something wrong with the sample. But if these are the numbers, I think the risks of the surgery outweigh the benefits right now, and I'll want to talk to the surgeon and get his thoughts."
"He knows I want the surgery."
"Sure. But sometimes we need to push things back to be safe."
"Why can't someone else have their surgery pushed back if there isn't room on the schedule?"
"This isn't about the schedule. I'm trying to explain why you may not be a good candidate for surgery right now, given the blood work. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. I'll take some more blood and see what the results show."
"Do you really think you should be taking so much blood from me right before I'm having surgery?"
"Okay, I'm going to have another doctor come in and explain this better."