Saturday, July 18, 2009

Discount Dermatologist

So I went to this doctor today. Apparently I have an epidermal cyst with secondary infection on my jaw just below my ear. Which sounds scarier than it is.

What really is scary is that all the equipment in the doctor's office looks like he bought it at a medical liquidation sale in the 1970s. Then he's got plastic utility shelves like you can buy at Target. And he keeps his assorted band-aids in plastic storage cabinets like you keep in a workshop.

I'm really trying hard not to fault him for his bohemian office. I'm sure I'd do the same thing. Clearly he is the kind of guy who knows how to save money. He gave me a prescription for antibiotics, telling me he was writing the prescription for 3 a day, but I should only take 2 a day. He said that was because many pharmacies would give me a 2-week supply for free, and I could squeeze a few extra days out of the prescription that way. Nice.

Now I just have to let him perform minor surgery on me. Hopefully not with a dissection kit he bummed off an ex-biology student.


Geoff said...

The cyst develops out of ectodermal tissue. Histologically, it is made of a thin layer of squamous epithelium.

Valerie said...

To what do we owe this sudden fountain of information?

Geoff said...

Let's just say I'm smarter than you think. [Alter Ego: Let's just say Wikipedia]