Patient is looking at X-ray.
Dr: (Dr. enters looking at patient and sighs)
Pt: Hey Doc!
Dr: (sarcastically) Well, look who’s here! The man who has to put his life in order; how’s that
working for you?
Pt: I wanted you to be the first to know, I contacted the specialist
Dr: You did! I was under the impression when you left that you decided to
keep on ignoring the fact that you have Congenitus Christo Deficiency Disorder.
Pt: You know doc, last week you hit me with a brick right between the eyes. I was really
shaken by the news that I still had CCDD and the fact that I couldn’t do any thing about it.
But when you mentioned there was someone that could help me, it was like the pressure
was off. I had this feeling I had plenty of time to get around to making the choice to see
Dr: Ah! I could tell you were exhibiting traumatic hyper-egoism.
Pt: It was that obvious?
Pt: Well, when I was driving to the golf course I heard a song playing on the radio “Live like
you were dying.” I thought, ‘I’ve been told I have Congenitus Christo Deficiency Disorder,
a fatal condition that must be dealt with and I’m living like I am never going to die. Here I
am going to play golf and I’m dying
Dr: It’s like being a zombie.
Pt: A what?
Dr: A zombie, a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote.
Pt: Yeah! Alive but not able to experience the life worth living!
Pt: I thought back on all the symptoms you told me about and how I was exhibiting all of
them, thinking it was normal. I had to come to terms with the fact I’m not the chiseled
piece of machinery I use to be. My wife wants me to color my hair and she makes me
wear Mary Kay to take the wrinkles away. (Pause) Then I remembered something you
said, “We are all born with CCDD.
Pt: Then it hit me; that’s everybody! My mind ran through the list of people that are close to
me: my wife, my daughter, friends, and even my mother-in-law.
Dr: Oh really.
Pt: I’ve always thought she was beyond help, but maybe not. (Pause) I thought how could I
help them if I don’t know the specialist. So, contacted the specialist on the direct line, you
gave me, and he performed the Christos Tranfusus right there in the car!
Dr: Well that’s great!
Pt: I was so excited I forgot to go play golf!
Dr: Thank you for telling. Now, just think, you get to tell the whole world
Pt: Telling others beyond my family, what a great idea doc. I’m going to start right now!