I have been too swamped to blog recently on EverythingHealth, spending lots of time with my physician colleagues (as well as patients). I realized that doctors are really not normal when it comes to a few things. Here is a list of things doctors do that normal people don't. You may have more to add!
Eat standing up, while walking or while charting on patients
Take expired medication (we know that expiration date is phony)
Work hard-core, even when sick
Don't get regular check-ups
Cannot watch doctor TV shows (House is especially intolerable)
Freely discuss body functions at dinner. Nothing is off limits
Silently diagnose medical conditions on strangers. No lump or rash goes unnoticed.
Combine vacations with work
When we shake hands, think "Oh, that's a nice vein"
When our child is hemorrhaging, we can fix anything with steri-strips
Seldom use antibiotics on ourselves or family
Listen to lectures and medical information while commuting
Take suitcases full of journals to catch up on when on vacation
Carry stethoscope, and full medical supplies in our trunk because "you never know"
Seldom take vitamins or supplements
I'm sure I'll hear from my nurse and doctor readers, or spouses of medical people if I got something wrong.