Proof of Chickenpox

Every now and then a patient visit prompts me to look back over my almost 25 years at this clinic.

Bill Maloney is applying for a job in the mental health field. He came in yesterday for an immunization update. He needed to start his Hepatitis B series, get a two-step tuberculosis test, and also needed proof that he has had chicken pox, either through a blood test or a note from a medical provider.

Bill brought his daughter, Brandy, a petite, four-year-old brunette with serious, blue eyes. She is the apple of her father’s eyes, and he calls her his miracle baby. He has chronic health problems, was in and out of the hospital as a child, and was not easy for his single mother to raise. I met Bill and his mother Sheila shortly after I came to town in 1985. Her health was poor, and Bill was orphaned in his late teens.

“I know I had the chicken pox when I was about six. I still have a scar on my leg”, he said. I turned back the pages of his chart. There, a note from 1986 in my own handwriting, but much neater than my current scribble, indeed documented that Sheila had brought little Billy to the office with a typical case of varicellae. It was with a sense of both sadness and satisfaction I pulled out my prescription pad and wrote:

“I diagnosed William Maloney with chickenpox in August, 1986.”

0 Responses to “Proof of Chickenpox”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Bookmark and Share


contact @

RSS A Country Doctor Reads:

  • Fish Oil May Have More Benefits for the Inuit than for Westerners
    I have heard many people advocate eating local foods, and avoiding things from far away. Human metabolism, some say, isn’t the same everywhere. Now there is new evidence that whale blubber may be better for the Inuit than for westerners. In the 1970s, Danish researchers studying Inuit metabolism proposed that omega-3 fatty acids found in […]
  • Value Based Care: Whose Values?
    The Journal of the American Medical Association is taking a stand for elderly and disabled patients in today’s online issue: “As Medicare moves to implement value-based payment initiatives tied only to current quality measures, the values of large populations of disabled and frail persons, whose care is the most costly and most concentrated in Medicare, […] […]
  • The Call Within the Call
    “We all go into professions for many reasons: money, status, security. But some people have experiences that turn a career into a calling. These experiences quiet the self. All that matters is living up to the standard of excellence inherent in their craft.” These words by The New York Times columnist David Brooks, in a […]
  • A Crazy Old-School Physician
    A post by Suneel Dhand on KevinMD asks the question who is crazy – the elderly physician who knows his patient’s history by heart, or today’s young doctors, who know the computer better than their patients: Then there’s the reality that his generation represents exactly what a personal physician should be. A solid physician with […]
© A Country Doctor Writes 2008-2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given.