dyspnea, it’s kind of like love

17 Nov

We don’t really understand what dyspnea (difficulty breathing) is…but, as my Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) preceptor (who lectured us on the topic in pulm last week) explained: “It’s a visceral sensation…uh…it’s kind of like love.  You know what love is, but you can’t define it.”

Josh, today being our last ICM session, this one’s for you!  FAR COLDER, for going through a history of present illness:


Associated Symptoms






Exacerbation &

Relieving factors

Hopefully I’ll channel more of your mad clinical skills during my final tomorrow, a full History & Physical!  Here’s hoping it takes less than an hour :/  I’ve been practicing my wrist flick for liver palpation and reflex testing on my wall at home…I’ve become an excellent stud finder.


4 Responses to “dyspnea, it’s kind of like love”

  1. Erica November 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    Insert joke about you finding a stud like John….

    • annaojesus November 18, 2011 at 8:23 am #

      bah-hah! i should have seen that one coming 😉

    • Eric Rosoff November 18, 2011 at 9:02 am #


      • annaojesus November 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

        Awww, thanks! Glad we were in this together!

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