Supporting Role

“If ever I am on life support… Unplug me, then plug me back in…  See if that works! – Unknown.

Today’s word prompt is STIR and is from the RDP (Ragtag Community’s Daily prompt).

There are times when I get quite stirred up about things, today’s little tale is about one of them.

A couple of months back, I visited the hospital as an outpatient. Being the independent sort, I planned to drive myself; it never occurred to me to ask anyone for support. Then my son insisted he wanted to take me.

My consultation was with a very pleasant Professor of maxillofacial surgery. After I confirmed my date of birth, the consultant very kindly told me I did not look my age, and instantly the fear of diagnosis was forgotten, this man was my new best friend!

Thankfully, the consultant could find nothing untoward, and as I walked back to the car with my son, I wore a large smile, and I felt as though I was walking on air.

What did he say?” Asked my son. “He said I looked much younger than my age!” I answered. ”But what did he say about your mouth?” “Oh that, I’m absolutely fine!

A week or so later, I received a copy letter fom the consultant that had been sent to both my dental surgeon and my GP (family doctor).

The letter confirmed the happy findings from the consultation. However, the letter went on to say how many units of alcohol I drink in a week, and also said, Mrs W suffers from Angina, and although she lives alone she has plenty of support!

Support! How old did this man think I was? Suddenly the previous compliment of not looking my age was turned on its side; he’d stirred my indignation and was no longer my new best friend.

For the record – I do not suffer from Angina, and I didn’t say I lived alone. The only thing the letter got right were the units of alcohol – and I lied about that anyway!

(C) 2019 Word Prompt STIR from the Ragtag Community.

Picture Credit – Google Images


27 thoughts on “Supporting Role

    1. Thank you Trev. You might remember that a few weeks later the dentist flagged up another problem, I’m still waiting on that one so I guess it can’t be anything to worry about!

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  1. Murphy's Law

    Oh!! I love this quote!! At 80 years old, it suits me just fine. And folks would think I was actually technology savvy!

    I swear, where does all this misinformation come from? People not listening? Not paying attention to what they’re writing down…..ummm, typing into laptop? Someone transcribing notes incorrectly? Or do they just wing it for fun and games?

    I love that you lied about alcohol consumption. 🤗 That’s between you and your wine bottle!! As far as claiming you have plenty of support, maybe the oaf thinks we gals still wear girdles!! 😂😂
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Ginger, I think we could all do with a re-boot every now and then!
      Well, it certainly gave my family a good laugh! If it hadn’t have been for the alcohol I’d have sworn blind he was talking about someone else. He jotted down notes every time I opened my mouth… to speak that is.
      Girdles, now that’s a blast from the past! Thank you so much Ginger. 🙂


  2. I panicked a bit when I read this, Sue. If a diagnosis comes back positive–that is most definitely not good. That is the opposite across the Pond? Oh, you’re doctor—I love when they tell you you look good for your age. What in the heck is that supposed to mean??!!

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    1. Haha! Oh, I slipped up there didn’t I? You are so right Lois a positive diagnosis is exactly the same over here. I should have said a positive outcome! I will look at the line and change it, thank you.

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  3.  Hi, Sue,I tried to leave a comment, how hilarious I think your post is, and how I hate visits to medicos of all brands these days because they make me feel doddery. Somehow, WordPress thinks I no longer exist. Mxx


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    1. Maureen, I have a comment from you! Word Press finally recognised you!

      I find it sad that the medical profession still doesn’t realise that age is just a number and that underneath those facial lines of life and experience, we are exactly the same as we were all those years ago, albeit a bit stiffer!
      Thank you so much for finding my post funny and for your comment. 🙂


  4. HA! That quote made me laugh! 😀 Yes, before you boot me out, please try to reboot me! 😉 😛

    HA! This post made me laugh out loud! 😀
    Ooh and grrr! 😦 I’d like to “stir” that consultant’s head with a big wooden spoon!

    So glad you got a good result and hope future results are good, too, Sue!

    When young docs comment that I look younger than my years, I always say, “Thank you! But you might want to get your eyes checked!” HA! 😉

    HUGS and Thank You for the laughs!!! 🙂


    1. Over here if an NHS appointment comes through quickly, it usually means the referrer is worried about the diagnosis/outcome. If it takes a while to come through, then there’s not much to worry about!

      I’m glad you liked the post, it’s good to have a smile or two, and I loved your comments, thank you, Carolyn. 🙂🙂

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  5. gc

    Sometimes Susan medical professionals no matter how competent or well qualified they are professed to be haven’t the foggiest idea about their patients lifestyle, symptoms or real causes of their medical issues.

    Flattery is often the best course of action many such professionals can take to keep you in good standing and on their patient active listings.

    One dentist I know always shakes your hand when you sit in his chair , tells you how great you look and then begins his excavation operation on the inside of your mouth for no apparent reason. A simple tooth cleaning could turn into a costly root canal or even worse: extraction.

    I had this gentleman perform a bit of “cosmetic surgery” on one of my front teeth and he botched the job. The “dental material” covering he put on the tooth just dissolved” .

    Needless to say I now avoid this friendly dentist .

    I can appreciate your situation and hope you are able to seek a second opinion before you consider undertaking any type of major medical surgery.

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    1. You must have become sidetracked with your comment… You forgot to agree with the consultant about not looking my age! 😂 Seriously though, I agree with you, listening to what I had to say would have been a good start for this consultant. Thank you for your input, I appreciate it 🙂

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  6. gc

    Reblogged this on THE MAIN AISLE (c) 2019 and commented:
    Sometimes placing your trust in any of your medical professional’s recommendations and blindly following their suggestions can be costly to you, both financially and personally. Read this before your next scheduled visit.

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