Also, the personnel at the cancer center has this exaggeratedly kind and solicitous way of treating patients. It might work with people who are already confirmed as sick. But the patients who are still waiting to get a diagnosis can get really freaked out when everybody goes, “Are you OK? Do you need to lie down? I can find a room for you to lie down. Do you need some water? How are you feeling?” If you know you are there for what is supposed to be a routine visit, this amount of kindness is really scary.
Then you hear a chopper coming in to airlift a patient from the roof and you wonder if you are that patient.
Yes, I’m an actual hypochondriac.