Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Language Development: Check!

Four-year-old niece at the pediatrician for her checkup:

Gross and fine motor development: reviewed, doing well.

Social development: plays well with others; doing fine.

Question: "How's her language development?"

Keep in mind this is an only child with parents in their 40's and 50's, so she is talking up a storm. She's also had some minor-ish health problems in her short life. Nothing serious in the long run, but enough that she's already got an orthopedist and a hematologist in her stable of health care providers.

Mom turns to kid: "What do we call the boo-boo in your blood?"

Kid [unprompted]: "Spherocytosis."

Mom turns back to doc; no words but with one eyebrow elevated.

Doc: "OK then."

7 Comments:

At Thu Jul 19, 09:47:00 AM, Blogger MedStudentGod (MSG) said...

That's hilarious. I can just hear her saying it as well.

 
At Thu Jul 19, 03:55:00 PM, Anonymous tom said...

I thnk the mother needs some coaching on how to effectively characterize a blood disorder

 
At Thu Jul 19, 05:35:00 PM, Anonymous Dean Moyer said...

Me [unprompted]: "Sphera... Sphero... Sphre... boo-boo in your blood."

 
At Thu Jul 19, 06:56:00 PM, Blogger Queen of Dysfunction said...

Sweet! That's the kind of kid that makes me want to cozy up with while reading a list of psychological disorders. Good times!

 
At Thu Jul 19, 06:57:00 PM, Blogger Pseudo_Doctor said...

now thats a good laugh....

 
At Fri Jul 20, 01:47:00 PM, Blogger Clark Bartram said...

You and I have very different definitions of "minor-ish" my friend.

 
At Fri Jul 20, 08:31:00 PM, Blogger Lynn Price said...

I'm with Dean. Sphero-who?

 

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