“Been gardening recently, off to Australia soon. Positive and active, it seems ludicrous to ask him the depression screening questions, perhaps he will be more depressed when he has been on the the holiday of a lifetime.”This demonstrates two essential rules of note-writing: never write anything you would not want the patient or their relatives to read, and you can laugh with but never laugh at the patient. I saw him again today: it had indeed been the holiday of a lifetime and he was still extremely positive.
As for me, although I like to think that my entries are succinct descriptive and witty it is not for me to say. Now there's a thought - perhaps I could get Martha to contribute to this blog? I'm sure we could do with a woman's touch around here. What about it, Martha?
Postscript: on my return from holiday today I found out what had happened to Susan. She was of course bounced straight back out of hospital, they felt her poor gait was due to a painful knee. The facial asymmetry remains unexplained, and one of my partners (the pithy thinker) is trying to convince the staff at her care home that masterly inactivity is best.