Devoting your life to caring for people is a rather noble career plan, we agree. But life isn’t always rosy when one of your parents has taken the Hippocratic oath. So, dear children of doctors, let’s show solidarity and join hands (but put a little bit of antibacterial gel before, anyway now it’s the norm).
1. You have a strong heart
Michel Cymes, you knew him long before he became cool thanks to your parents who find it perfectly reasonable to watch the Journal de la Santé while you have lunch next door. When you explained to them that pus extractions didn’t go well with carbo pastes, they called you petty. Normal.
2. You can never pretend to be tired.
It’s not easy to fake the disease when your parents are in charge of the diagnosis. You have tried two/three times to fake a fever by sticking your thermometer against a hot bulb, but you have the impression that each new attempt brings you a little closer to the zero level of credibility.
3. On the other hand, it’s not too hard for you to be excused from sport
If your parents are the nice type and not too fussy about your performance in PE, you sometimes get a pass that allows you to squat on the bench while making fun of your little friends who run around in tracksuits: the famous medical certificate; a trick that nevertheless requires enduring the suspicious gaze of the teacher who quite quickly makes the connection between the surname of the attending physician and yours.
4. Have you ever wondered if they were part of a secret society?
When you have an appointment with another doctor, it is not uncommon for him to give your parents a handshake meaning “it’s free this time” or “I gave you a little discount, between colleagues, we have to help each other”. So the conspiracy theorists make you laugh because you know that the conspirators, the real ones, wear white coats and stethoscopes around their necks.
5. You heard some very cool stories from their college days.
Especially on dissection courses and the famous jokes of carabins. Very nice we tell you.
6. When you get sick, you always rely on them to take care of you.
Yes, even if you left the nest a long time ago and that means describing to them what your mucus looks like over the phone or sending a blurry picture of your eczema patches. You sometimes pushed the vice so far as to ask them to fax you a prescription because your condition did not allow you to get out of bed (and you did well).
7. There are certain series that you cannot watch with them
At random “Emergency” or “Grey’s anatomy”. You tried and no, really no, you refuse to inflict another three-quarters of an hour of snide comments on yourself about the incompetence of these “so-called interns who spend more time flirting in the only to learn how to care for the sick”. What you want to answer that if medical practice really interested you, you would watch a documentary on Arte.
8. You have already chosen the “doctor” option for a costume party
Your parents always have at least one old blouse lying around to get you back suddenly when you don’t really want to worry too much you start to limp, you end each of your sentences with the word “lupus” and you come back in Dr. House.
9. At least one of your siblings wants to become a doctor
Besides, every year you give him typical gifts for medical students. And if you’re an only child, it’s probably because they’ve already tried to instill that vocation in you. Bad luck you painfully reach the current SVT average and you suspect them of thinking of adopting history to perpetuate the tradition.
10. You still can’t decipher their handwriting.
It’s not for lack of putting Egyptologists on the spot, but they gave up and preferred to stick to their ancient hieroglyphics. Sometimes you think you can make out letters, but you know you’re lying to yourself.
11. You know exactly what chloroquine is
Besides, it’s your middle name.