I was told several times today by patients that my Spanish sounded good. Part of that could be just because I always start this interview in Spanish with and introduction and do some simple history taking before explaining to them that my Spanish is actually not very good and that I will need to call a translator. Is this kinda fishing? Maybe, but also if I call the translator right in the beginning then I am missing and opportunity to practice my Spanish, and ultimately I verify everything to make sure patient care isn’t being compromised. Plus the positive affirmation is encouraging for me to continue practicing.
Anyways being back in this community clinic setting is reminding me how much I enjoy outpatient medicine. Neurology is growing me a bit, the puzzley aspect of it can be fun sometimes, but also much of the rest of medicine is pretty puzzley.