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Aye aye, matey! September 4, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — lesbonurse @ 3:02 am

What’s an illness more associated with pirates than urban dwellers? What illness might you get if you had OCD and your diet for the past 20 years has been limited to only 3 items, none of which are fruits or vegetables? What’s on the far-fetched differential for “mysterious rash”? If you answered SCURVY you are correct! Also, you are smart. Or perhaps extremely knowledgeable about pirates.

Today I saw my first (maybe only?) scurvy patient. The tough stuff–the diagnosis–had already been done several months ago, and today’s visit consisted mostly of me wondering how the hell I was going to make any more progress on the vitamin-C-rich-diet plan when a wicked case of untreated OCD was standing in the way. I didn’t really have any good answers, but I did spend the rest of the day thinking “Heh heh, scurvy!” every few minutes. Which has to count for something, right?

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4 Responses to “Aye aye, matey!”

  1. Cali NP Says:

    what were the three foods?

    • lesbonurse Says:

      I don’t want to name the exact foods due to concerns about identifying information…but I will say that all 3 of the foods are sandwich materials and none of them have even a smidgen of Vitamin C.

  2. firmlyplantedinjello Says:

    wow, scurvy! hopefully you were able to at least get a referral to help the patient with the raging (and now health-destructive) OCD. i can’t even imagine only eating three foods!


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