Thursday, February 26, 2009
So on the one hand, my patient was probably taught to share at a young age. Odds are he was also instructed to cover his mouth when coughing. I understand his dilemma, struggling between two deeply-ingrained life lessons, but in the case of pneumonia, I'm really going to have to side with covering your mouth. I'm sure a profound sense of generosity motivated him to cough directly into the face of anyone who came near him, but the rest of us are fine without pneumonia of our own. In fact, I was so inspired by his example that I decided to share one of our masks, and tell him I'd call security if he took it off.