Let’s face it, we all lie about something at some point in our life when discussing our health with our Doctors. Whether it’s your general doctor, your gynecologist, your dermatologist, your ophthalmologist, your therapist, or your psychiatrist, at some point you start fibbing and once the ball starts rolling, you may find yourself stuck in keeping the lie going. I remember when I worked in acute inpatient psych and the attending told me to always double the intake of alcohol that a patient claims they drink. So if a patient says they drink 2 beers a day, make it 4. Here are some honest lies that I’ve told and for the most part I am not so regretful about it:
- “I only smoke weed occasionally.” Last month it was more like a few time a week when I couldn’t sleep but, this month just occasionally.
- “I’m a social drinker.” The definition of social is subjective. I can be social here and there, or not, it tends to fluctuate.
- “I exercise 4-5 times a week.” It’s more like 3-4 times a week depending on my mood.
- “I stopped eating red meat.” I stopped eating red meat every week, and now it’s just a few times a month.
- “I wear sunscreen every day.” If I don’t plan on going outside I don’t wear any sunscreen, and if I need to run an errand or something I’ll neglect to apply sunscreen.
- “I haven’t had any unprotected sex.” Not with some random guy but, people I know and trust is another story.
- “I floss.” When I feel like it.
- “I heard and understand everything that you said Doctor.” Doesn’t mean I’m going to pay any attention to it.
- “I have a life. I have friends.” That I rarely see and struggle making plans with these days.
- “I’m fine.” Might be the dumbest most ridiculous thing to come out of my mouth. No one is fine, and if they say so it’s highly likely that it’s a lie.
White lies, big lies, it’s still a lie, and although I know it is bad it’s just reality for me. The Doctor doesn’t have to know everything about me, and I don’t see myself coming clean anytime soon, and I’m ok with that – reality.