here are two remarkably similar conversations i had yesterday:
#1) woman with known coronary artery disease:
ms. angina: i've been having chest pains for the last several weeks.
me (among other pertinent questions): when did you last see your cardiologist?
ms. angina: last week.
me: did you mention that you were having chest pain?
ms. angina: no.
#2) man with history of retinal hemorrhage
mr. bleed: for the past few months, when i stand up after sitting for a long time, my left eye gets blurry and gray.
me: have you seen the eye doctor about this?
mr. bleed: i went last week but i didn't tell him about it.
i have a few theories about this phenomenon:
1) to tell your cardiologist (or retinal specialist) that you are having chest pain (or blurred vision) is just making it too real. you don't want to admit you may actually be having a serious issue.
2 ) you thought the don't ask, don't tell policy was really a brilliant piece of legislation (was that legislated?), so you thought you'd try applying it to all areas of your life.
3) it's a conspiracy to thwart me.