Doctor’s Visit: Tummy Bug

Situation:

Mr. Smith, a 50-year-old male, is experiencing diarrhea accompanied by abdominal cramps, nausea, and low-grade fever. He went to visit Dr. Chen, an internist.

Dialogue:

Dr. Chen: Hello Mr. Smith. How are you feeling now?

Mr. Smith: I feel a bit under the weather.

Dr. Chen: Would you please tell me the symptoms that you are experiencing.

Mr. Smith: I’ve been passing loose stools since this morning.

Dr. Chen: Oh, you might have a tummy bug.

Mr. Smith: I’m having abdominal cramps. I also feel warm and nauseous.

Dr. Chen: Okay. Let me check your temperature first. You’re running a fever. We need to conduct a few tests on you to further identify the cause of your illness. I’ll get back to check and update you on the laboratory results once they are in.

Mr. Smith: Thanks Dr. Chen!

Dr. Chen: You’re welcome. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Vocabulary:

Under the weather Ill, sick , ailing
Got you covered Another way of saying “we’ll take care of your needs”
Tummy bug Stomach flu/virus
Run a fever To have a temperature higher than normal
Nauseous Sick to the stomach and you may feel like vomiting
Loose stool Diarrhea; loose, watery stool quickly discharged during bowel movement:

Notes/Analysis:

  • Aside from feeling sick, the phrase under the weather could also mean feeling down or depressed. It is also used as a euphemism for a hangover. This expression was said to have originated in the early 1800s suggesting that the weather affects someone’s health.

Example: She felt under the weather when her dog died. (This means she felt depressed.)

Andrew was drinking all night and now he feels under the weather. (This is another way to say that a person is suffering from a hangover.)

  • When you say you got something or someone covered, it means you will provide whatever is needed. It’s another way of saying you’ll take care of everything.

Example: When the attending physician is on a vacation, the locum tenens gets him or her covered. (Meaning: The temporary physician (locum tenens) will take care of everything while the attending physician is on a vacation.)

  • The tummy bug is medically known as the intestinal flu or gastroenteritis although it’s not caused by the influenza virus. A bug is an informal term for a virus.

Example: Mr. Smith suffers from nausea, abdominal cramps, and fever. The doctor suspects he is infected with the tummy bug.

  • When someone is running a fever, his or her temperature is higher than normal.

Example: The flu caused her to run a fever. (Meaning: The flu made her body temperature rise.)

  • Nausea is being sick to the stomach, giving you the urge to vomit (throw up/puke). When you are suffering from nausea, you are said to be nauseous.

Example: The smell of the dead rat made him nauseous. (Meaning: The smell of the dead rat is so disgusting. It made him want to throw up.

  • When you have loose stool, the matter that comes out during bowel movement is watery and it is discharged quickly. It is another term for diarrhea.

Example: The spoiled spaghetti made me pass loose stool.

 

Comprehension:

  1. Why does Mr. Smith feel under the weather?
  2. What could be the possible cause of Mr. Smith’s illness?
  3. At around what time did Mr. Smith start passing loose stools?
  4. Were Mr. Smith’s needs being attended to?

 

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