Usually when seeing patients, I’m pretty prepared for people who think I look younger than I really am. I’ll admit, I guess I have a pretty young face, but this was kind of different, because I was evaluating a 16 yr old while her sis and mother were in the room. As I was moving along, they kept on giggling and stealing looks at each other, which is pretty cute and I don’t mind too much, but it kind of got awkward and was on the verge of becoming a laughing fit between all three. I thought I was totally missing something - was my fly open? Was there a crazy stain on my white coat? my hair sticking up? did someone fart?
So I asked what was up, and her mother said I look really young.. and I was like, really? how young do I look?
Mom: I don’t know..
Me: Take a guess!
Patient’s younger sister: 15?
Me: ….uh… no. I’m definitely not a teenage anymore. I’m twenty (something).
15? whoa. The patient was 16 year old and thought I looked her age? lolz. I’m really going to get carded ‘till I’m 50! Score one for aging well! Laughing with patients is fun.