Well I had my Rheumy appointment with the slightly famous (only cos I go on about him all the bloody time!) Dr. King.
There I was, all prepped & ready 4 our argument (this is basically standard practise at my appointments as being a relatively newly qualified Consultant, he tends 2 think he knows it all, regardless of whatever evidence 2 the contrary is shoved in his face), armed with basically what can only b described as a novel-sized stack of papers, outlining the signs & symptoms of various autoimmune conditions, I wasn't in the mood 2 b fobbed off after having had 2 wait 6 months 2 c him when I should've seen him back in October.
I was ready 4 him.
What I WASN'T ready 4 was the bloody great smile on his face when I walked in2 his office as he stood, extending his hand 2 shake mine & declaring how wonderful it was 2 c me (& take note, as an EXPERT in sarcasm myself, there was not a TRACE of it in his voice whatsoever!).
Ok, this threw me TOTALLY off balance.
I was examined (as per usual) & Dr. King asked how I had been the last few months & if there were any issues I'd like 2 discuss. He sat patiently, listening intently as I went through my little list of things, the reasons 4 my thinking & what I would like him 2 do about them.
"Hmm, I can see why u're thinking these things & I am inclined 2 agree with u" he said.
What?! Have I suddenly been transported 2 another planet or stepped in2 the Twilight Zone? (4 those of u youngsters, this was an old TV series that had absolutely NOTHING at all 2 do with vampires falling in love with humans & twinkling all golden like in sunlight).
Basically, in return 4 giving him a pint of my blood, 10mls of urine & a squeeze & feel of my bones & joints, he gave me a lot of answers, an x-ray appointment & the promise of reviewing my notes with the possibility of adding 2 more AI conditions 2 my diagnosis' after some research & biopsies. And it was all delivered with a smile. At this point, it wouldn't have surprised me if he had offered 2 pop off & make me a coffee!
The moral of the story, never have any expectations, things can only surprise u then