Doctor, sorry to disturb you at night. My tummy has been hurting since morning.
I am sorry to hear that. Where is it hurting ?
Just at a point below the navel on the right side.
Why don’t you come to the hospital tomorrow and we will have a look.
It only hurts here. Not all the time, just every hour or two… ( follows with a pic of the stomach with a finger pointing at the indicated site ).
Sorry, that pic won’t really help. You will need to come in.
What could be the cause, doc ?
I will need to see you to find out. When you come to the hospital.
Still, what do you think could be the problem ?
I really couldn’t say, Madam. Till I see you in the hospital.
I have been looking up the net all day. Could it be syndrome XYZ ? Do you think I should get a CT scan ?
Again, I can’t tell you anything till I examine you. In the hospital. Not on WhatsApp.
The colour of my urine is more yellowish than usual. Should I collect it in a container and send you a picture ?
That, won’t be necessary. I’ll take your word for it.
When the pain starts, I have this ‘gurr-gurr’ sound in my stomach.
Did you record that on your phone ?
No ! Should I have ?!
Do you think it could be gas ?
It could be. But you just said it’s likely to be syndrome XYZ.
Doc, I’m really worried.
That’s why you should come to the hospital for assessment.
Could you prescribe me some medicines ?
No can do. Not on WhatsApp.
Do you think I should start an antibiotic ? I have Norflox-TZ.
But antibiotics won’t work if it is syndrome XYZ.
So you suggest I come to the hospital ?
There is a clinic close to my house. Could I show myself there ? I will make their doctor speak to you.
Madam, I would still like to make my own judgment. And rule out the Google syndromes.
( Resigns ). I guess I will come to the hospital, then.
( You think )
Can you see me precisely at 9:00 am ? I need to be somewhere at 9:30.
Sure. I don’t know how long the consultation will last, though.
What do you mean ? You think this is serious, don’t you ?
I will have to sign off Madam. Why don’t you see me tomorrow morning ?
Doc. At least tell me what you think. Doc ? You there ?