Friday, March 23, 2007

A bit of humor for your Friday

Thanks to Kanda for passing this on. It brought a nice smile to my face (especially having been a primary teacher for the past couple of years). The LDS folks will laugh at this...the rest of you might be as confused as the doctor.

I work part-time as a teacher of family doctors. The program provides training on psychiatric disorders and emphasizes the importance of emotional support. The new doctors are given plenty of time in clinic to visit with their patients and learn about their challenges.
One of our interns who has never lived in Utah and knows nothing about Mormons is still struggling to understand the cultural climate here. Last week he was interviewing a new patient and stumbled on what he thought was a raging psychosis.

Doctor: Well, Mrs. Olsen, we've talked about your high blood pressure and your medications. Are you experiencing any particular stress in your life?

Patient: Oh, yes! It's the Sunbeams. They're driving me crazy.

Doctor (very surprised): The sun beams?

Patient: Yes. I've never had trouble with them before, but this group won't sit still. They bounce all over the room, and run out the door and down the hall.

Doctor (reaching for a pen): Have you told anyone about this?

Patient: Of course. I told the president.

Doctor: Really! What did the president tell you?

Patient: She said Sunbeams are like that. I'm just going to have to learn to deal with them.
Doctor (concerned that he may be missing something): I know people who are sensitive to sun beams. Do they cause you a rash or anything?

Patient (confused): A rash? No.

Doctor: What's the biggest problem they're creating?

Patient: It's the noise. They just won't quit talking.

Doctor (astonished): The sun beams are talking to you?

Patient: Well, yes. But mostly they talk to each other.

Doctor (scribbling furiously in the chart): I see. Can anyone else hear them talking?

Patient (after a moment of stunned silence): You're not LDS, are you?


Patty said...

HA! I am not LSD, but I got it right away as I did run a day care for sixteen years! Thanks for passing on the laugh!

Patty said...

Did I mention that I AM dyslexic? Thus the switch in letters above...Please flip the D and the S in the above comment, unless, of course, you got it with the mistake because you are a LDS teacher!