It's early in the morning and I just had to share what happened when I went to the Cleveland Clinic. So, last week I had to return to the Cleveland Clinic for my last evaluation and some labs and let me tell you; I was tired. I was tired of making that drive and I felt like if I only went to Orlando twice and got listed, why in the world is Cleveland Clinic requiring so much?! It felt like my once judged "bestest hospital" to me was starting to get on my bad side. Doctors were starting to make tardiness their thing and I feel like as a physician, you have to be on time, especially due to the fact that a patient's appointment is cancelled after they are 30 minutes late. ANYWHO, the doctor was running 20 minutes behind but miraculously the nurse came out and got me after my 5 minute wait. checked my weight and other routine labs. So she left and a guy walked in and I'm thinking to myself "buddy you have the wrong room". He was young, about 27 or 28, white color, and I noticed his clothes were VERY tight; including his white jacket signifying he was some type of important person. I thought he was a doctor but he looked so young! He walked in and stated "Good Morning Ms. Salter. My name is Johnathan Micheals and I am a Medical Student here at the Cleveland Clinic. It is always nice to meet a medical student because they are fresh with knowledge and they are so "scientifically speaking" that they lack knowledge logically but that's why I love when they meet me because I always school them, teaching them things they would ONLY learn outside of a classroom and a textbook.
So, he is asking routine questions such as if I had pain and if so, where was it? or if my current medication list was the same. simple. For some reason, it seems like doctors only think that people are on HEMO dialysis and that is NOT always the case. First off, I am very young; I like my independence. I feel like it is always best for a physician to just ask what type of dialysis that I am on instead of assuming it's Hemo. So Mr. Michaels (because he technically NOT a doctor yet) started blabbing on and on about Hemo dialysis until I stopped him and told him I was on Peritoneal Dialysis. He asked those questions that showed he didn't quite understand and I wasn't mad; I was excited because I knew this was MY time to shine and show him it's way may to this game then whats learned in class. Shocked, he asked, "Peritoneal Dialysis?". I stated yes, and by that time, I had been on PD for a while. Mr. Micheals sat down amazed and stated "Since I've been in Medical School school I've never met a Peritoneal Dialysis
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