Doctors hold our lives in their hands, so we like to think that they’re infallible. Unfortunately, even doctors make mistakes, and sometimes they make huge ones. A recent Reddit thread asked people about the times that doctors had said or done things that were unprofessional. Here are twenty-five stories that prove medical school doesn’t always teach plain common sense.
“I had just turned 15 and was getting a throat swab. The male doctor noticed that I had lost my gag reflex, and told me not to worry because it would come in handy in the future for “certain adult activities”. I looked confused so he repeated himself with more of an emphasis on “adult”. No, I wasn’t confused about what you were implying, you idiot, I was confused about what made you think it was a good idea to say that.” (Ana_Kinra)
“20 years ago (yes, I’m old), I woke up one morning and was completely deaf in my left ear. I tried to get out of bed and had vertigo so bad that I fell and couldn’t get back up. I had to be almost carried to the hospital by my then girlfriend. I go through a barrage of tests and I’m hit with the news that they don’t have a reason for my sudden deafness and chances are it will never come back (it hasn’t). The doctor tells me that there’s no guarantee that the other ear won’t follow suit and I could end up completely deaf at some point in my life. I’m sitting on the exam table, distraught, taking all this in and he says after a long pause….. “well, at least you’re not blind!” and walks out.” (ShastaMcLurky)