Learning from patients
“Damn it!” said the medical student as he marched down the corridor without so much as a smile. It seemed that my status as an ill, 15 year old patient had just been reduced to a missed opportunity. He needed my notes for his case study. Instead of helping with my emergency transfer to a specialist hospital, the student was more bothered about meeting his deadline.
Aged only 15, I was not your typical patient with Wegener's granulomatosis. At first the doctors puzzled over what could be wrong with me, and I became something of a minor celebrity in the hospital. Several doctors could hardly contain their excitement, and medical students came from departments far and wide to sneak a peek, take my history, and try to solve the riddle. At first I was happy to oblige. The fact that students wanted to write about me was exciting, flattering even.