File this under: Advice Not Taken
Me: I’m glad you came back to the clinic. Remember those lab tests that we did a few months ago? The test showed that you have Hepatitis C.
Patient: Oh man. (slurring speech and reeking of alcohol) How do I get this taken care of?
Me: I’m going to refer you to a liver doctor. But listen, the first thing you need to do is quit drinking. It’s terrible for your liver, especially when you have Hepatitis C.
Me: We can’t start treating for Hepatitis C until you stop drinking. The social worker can help you get into a detox program
Patient: I don’t need your help! I think I’ve had more than enough help today! (Gets up to leave)
Me: Don’t forget your lab slip! We really need to know how your liver is doing!
Patient: (grabs lab slip and stomps away)