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You Know You’re A Doctor When…

They had been married for over 35 years, both successful ophthalmologists who had entered retirement after selling their practice. The kids had grown and their house was just too big for them now, so they decided to downsize to a condominium.

After many days of searching, they toured a lovely place and were excited to make a deposit, but the husband first wanted to inspect the building from the outside before committing. As he rounded the building with his wife beside him, he looked up, struggling to find the unit they were interested from the ground.

“Which one is it dear?” he asked.

“The one on the right, third floor.”

“I don’t see it,” he said.

His wife saw where he was looking.

“No sweetheart, not that one,” she said directing him to the right side of the building, “It’s the one over there, on the patient’s left side.”

-WesMusings of a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist.

*This blog post was originally published at Dr. Wes*

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