Wednesday, June 9, 2010

English practice exercises - Doctor- Patient interactions

I. Heard at the doctor's waiting room:

A : I Wonder when the doctor will arrive? I have a splitting headache. It's getting worse.
B : I have nausea and giddiness. Hope I don't throw up.
C : The room is getting congested.
D : And I came here for congestion in my chest because of phlegm.
E : Why hasn't the doctor come? We've been waiting for a long time.
F : My joints are painful. I wish I could stretch them.
G : I'm suffering from constipation. My tummy is distended and aching badly,
H : (a seventeen-year-old girl) I'm going to a birthday party day after tomorrow. I came to get rid of my pimples. When will the doctor arrive?
I : Don't lose your patience, my dear.
J : In fact, it is the doctor who is going to lose his patients, if he comes so late.


splitting : severe
nausea : a vomiting sensation
throw up : vomit
giddiness : dizziness; a feeling of spinning around
congested : crowded
congestion : (here) a blockage because of infection
phlegm : the mucous (thick liquid) produced in the nose,
lungs, etc., when one has a cold
constipation : a condition when one has difficulty emptying the bowels
distended : swollen and large
pimples : small eruptions on the skin

Example Conversations :

Patient : Doctor, I've hurt my toe, bruised my knee,
scraped the elbow, cut the chin,
Doctor : Wait, wait! Now, how did all this happen?
Patient : You see, I was in a hurry. I got off a moving bus,
at the signal.
Doctor : You should have been patient.


Patient : Doctor, I'm not able to see clearly.
Doctor : I see.
Patient : My vision is blurred.
Doctor : I see.
Patient : When I read, the letters are hazy,
Doctor : I see.
Patient : Even when there is a bright light, it looks dim
Doctor : I see.
Patient : Sometimes, even from at a very short distance
I'm not able to see clearly what is in front of me.
Doctor : I see.
Patient : I know that you can see. But the fact is that I cannot see.
Doctor : I see.


Patient : Doctor, I have a bad toothache.
Dentist : Open your mouth. Mmmm that's a cavity.
You'll need a filling. Do you eat a lot of sweets?
Patient : Yes, I do. When can I have the filling? Tomorrow?
Dentist : You can have it right now.
Patient : That's sweet of you.


bruised : injured
scraped : injured the skin by rough contact
blurred/hazy : unclear
filling : material used to fill something (here) substance used to fill the holes in the teeth

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