The Oncology Registrar sat in the Multidisciplinary Team meeting looking thoroughly miserable. They looked like they hadn’t slept for ages, and whilst this can often be the case for junior doctors, the Microbiologist knew the registrar had only just returned from annual leave.
Whilst trying to pay attention to the patient discussions the Microbiologist watched as the poor Registrar kept scratching at his hands and arms.
As the meeting drew to a close, the Microbiologist wandered over…they can’t help but meddle!!!
“You look like your suffering” he said sympathetically, when in fact he was “itching” to make a shrewd diagnosis!!!
“Yeah. My hands and arms are really itchy, and it was worse in that room as it was so hot. I think I’m allergic to something”.
The Microbiologist wasn’t so sure.
“Show me your hands” he said.
The Registrar helpfully held out his hands which looked red and inflamed.
Looking closely whilst not touching (oooh, all those germs!!! He’d seen the Infection Control hand plates in the past!!!) the Microbiologist soon realised the likely cause of the problem.