Although I get my share of
odd patients (such as those who give out "i-think-he-just-crossed-the-line" compliments or those who send me emails asking me to confirm the prescription instructions- a dozen times), I don't usually get frightened by them. But
this morning, I was
frightened. Or perhaps,
freaked outis a better word.
My receptionist was nice enough to come in to tell me my next new patient had arrived. She usually just buzzed me in my room, but this time, she came in and said, "Your next patient is here." She lowered her voice and whispered,
I thanked her for the warning but didn't think too much of it.
The patient came in. A
photographer. Long hair of which half was put messily in a
ponytail. Blushed face. Quiet. Took his time answering questions.
No eye contact. Would look at the ceiling or
pick at a scab on his hand while talking to me. Lived in Hong Kong for the past 20 years. In a hotel. Nocturnal lifestyle. When he finally looked at me as he talked, shivers ran down my spine and I did everything in my power to stay calm and refrain from excusing myself from the room (more like,
flee... from what?
Danger? A predator?). Part of me was thinking,
"Don't be silly!" But his
mannerisms and behaviour just...
freaked me out!
Anyway, he warmed up a bit after a while, and even cracked some jokes. Perhaps I was overreacting... But as a female doctor,
I can never be too careful.
There was a story about a
crazy guy in Hong Kong who bought a
dozen rosesto a female doctor. The receptionist let him into the doc's office, and the guy ended up
robbing the entire clinic!
On a lighter note, I realized today that I've been treating a
former Miss Hong Kong!
She's seen me several times, and even referred a couple of her friends to see me. She's still very
beautiful despite her age (she's not THAT old), like most of the other "tai tai"s that I see.
I wouldn't have known that she was a former Miss Hong Kong (with apparently lots of
news coverage back in her day!) if my colleague didn't tell me. She was like,
"You DIDN'T know?!" Well, I just relocated to Hong Kong and I was barely a kid when the lady was in the news... Uh duh. But regardless, it's pretty cool. The fact she has referred her friends to come see me is even cooler.
Chinese New Year is right around the corner. You can find festive decor EVERYWHERE!!!
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