Transcript of Telephone Call between Charles Balis, M.D. and Ms. Sharon Lough, Tuesday, February 17, 1998 at 10:00 am.

Ms. Lough: Hey, Doctor Balis. How's your carpet?
Dr. Balis: Fine, Sharon. How are you? Have you been to a doctor?
Ms. Lough: Yes, I had an appointment yesterday. I was diagnosed with stage III endometriosis. It's a condition where uterine cells grow outside the uterus on, organs. That explains the bleeding and abdominal pain.
Dr. Balis: Sounds serious. Are you going to be treated for this?
Ms. Lough: Well, I was browsing the web, and I read that endometriosis is frequently misdiagnosed. So I was thinking of getting a second opinion, except this damned HMO won't pay for it.
Dr. Balis: A second opinion is a good idea. But don't wait too long to get treatment.
Ms. Lough: I've been scheduled for a laparoscopic examination on Friday. That's a surgical procedure to remove the...uh, endometrial implants. But I want to see another gynecologist before then to rule out the possibility something else, like pelvic inflammatory disease. But maybe I should forget about getting a second opinion. I hate pelvic exams anyway.
Dr. Balis: I think laparoscopy will confirm the diagnosis. So if you have a chance, get the second opinion. I believe getting immediate treatment is in your best interest.
Ms. Lough: I just want to get this over with.
Dr. Balis: How are you feeling otherwise? I was a little concerned--you sounded very depressed the last time I saw you.
Ms. Lough: Did I sound depressed before or after I puked on your carpet?
Dr. Balis: Before, if I remember correctly. Afterward, you seemed genuinely remorseful.
Ms. Lough: I was. Did the stain come out?
Dr. Balis: Yes, it did. They've come up with some wonderful industrial-strength solvents for carpet cleaning. Don't worry about it, Sharon.
Ms. Lough: I feel so terrible. It is so embarrassing.
Dr. Balis: It's all right, I'm glad you are getting medical attention. How has your mood been?
Ms. Lough: Okay, I guess. It's kind of a relief not having to be at work. I've been watching a lot of tabloid trash on television. I can't get enough of the presidential sex scandal. It's a great escape--I'm drowning my sorrows in bad TV. I was hoping I would get some really cool meds so I could dope myself up, but all I got was Extra-Strength Tylenol. They didn't even give me some Tylenol with Codeine, those bastards!
Dr. Balis: Are you in a lot of pain?
Ms. Lough: If I say yes, will you write me a prescription?
Dr. Balis: I think we've already discussed why it would be unwise to prescribe heavy pain killers to someone who has previously overdosed on prescription medications.
Ms. Lough: I'd be willing to sign a waiver, exempting you from any liability.
Dr. Balis: I take it you won't be coming in for your session this week?
Ms. Lough: Oh, yeah, that's right. And maybe I should call to verify for the following week. I'm not sure how I'll feel afterward.
Dr. Balis: That sounds like a good idea. I'll look forward to hearing from you. Good luck, Sharon.
Ms. Lough: Thanks, Doctor Balis.
Dr. Balis: Take care.
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