I can't believe I wrote an entire post on Plavix. I must have been bored as hell in clinic yesterday. Quite possibly one of the more tedious posts of all-time. Poor plavix. It was a venomous attack.
The issue today is gifts/favors from patients. I have a cool little Italian lady who is one year out from a mastectomy for multifocal/multicentric DCIS. Just a classy, composed lady throughout the whole ordeal. She returned the other day for a routine follow up. Surveillance mammogram was clean. She was on Arimidex. Basically, it was a social visit. I was asking what she thought the best Italian restaurants were in Cleveland and she named a few, with the caveat that none of them could make sauce the way she could. Then she asked if my wife and I wanted to come over for dinner some time. I took her number and said "we'll see". Is this illegal? Will the HIPAA police come after me? Is it inappropriate to eat delicious lasagna with a patient whom I operated on last year? I'm still hedging.
And then there's the demented old guy I operated on a few weeks ago for severe C diff colitis. Yesterday an aide from the nursing home wheeled him in with a bouquet of flowers on his lap. The card read something along the lines of, thank you so much for helping my husband and god bless. Nice gesture, I thought. And then when I tried to move the flowers to examine him, he shouted "don't you effing touch me!" I had no problem accepting his wife's gift.