When I’m sure I’ve asked the patient everything I could possibly need to know
And the attending asks me about something else:
When I was doing the internal medicine rotation one of the attendings was actually my first cousin, twice removed. I had a Nephrotic Syndrome patient at the time and I thought I’ve known everything there is to know about his disease. The theory, the patient history, his daily fluid balance, his current weight and waist circumference. In came this attending, sauntering by his bedside and what did she ask? “How many grams of protein is he allowed for his meals?”
Stumped. And about dietary needs too, ironically. The devil’s in the details. It really is.