Something I’ve noticed for years: the more a patient talks at you, the more likely they are to be lying. They talk and talk and talk, and nothing of substance comes out. It’s a smokescreen for something else they want. They tell you their life story, and then ask for an early fill on their Vicodin as though the two are somehow related.
Do they think I’m stupid? I can’t count the number of times I’ve put the phone down with the person still talking at me (without having said more than “May I help you?”) done something, and then come back with them still blowing hot air.
The more words someone uses, the greater the chances are that they’re full of shit.
This is in contrast to someone with a legitimate issue who will tell you their story in as few words as possible, and then ask what they need to do. Even people who typically blow smoke talk less when they’re actually telling the truth and they have, for instance, a police report to back it up.
Every retail pharmacist in the world knows exactly what I’m talking about, and I’m sure most ED types do too. Remarkable that the bottom-feeders on the planet haven’t figured out that if they just kept their mouths shut, I’d be 2-3x more likely to believe them. I would have thought such a skill would be accidentally uncovered and remembered. But perhaps idle chatter is the verbal form of a nervous twitch, and many of these folks are halfway decent candidates for the Darwin Awards anyway, so I shouldn’t be surprised that they haven’t learned from past successes.
In any event, they’d all be shitty poker players.