One of our surgeons has a new fellow working with him. The fellow is a nice enough chap. Friendly demeanor, knowledgeable, a competent doctor. But boy does he have bad body odor. I'll be charting during a case and suddenly smell a horrendous stink. Bad as in I-haven't-smelled-anything-like-this-since-high-school-locker-room-after-football-practice bad. Malodorous as a European in August inside a crowded subway. Disgusting as a four day deep sea fishing trip without a shower. I look up and it would be him. Ugh.
He appeared to be well groomed. He did enjoy sporting a 3 day old beard, which is common with young people these days (though I'm not sure what patients think about that). I can't tell if his hair is deliberately greased down or whether he just has greasy hair. His clothes are always clean and spotless. But every time he walks into my room I have to start mouth breathing to keep from gagging. It's worse than a poorly prepped colonoscopy. Maybe not that bad but close.
I tried to bring this up with his attending. I casually remarked that his fellow should probably take a bath every now and then. He just laughed and didn't say anything. Knowing the surgeon I think he would be too embarrassed to bring it up to the fellow. Since I don't have the support of the attending the best I can do is hold my breath until this particularly fellow moves on to his next rotation.
I sure feel sorry for his patients though. I couldn't imagine waking up every day to his odor hovering over my hospital bed. For the sake of his professional career I hope he gets some treatment for this. And I hope he doesn't just try to cover it up with some strong cologne because that rarely works. The mixture of cologne and B.O. is even more disgusting.
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