14 Everyday Conversational Expressions Well-being, Health, Medicine p.5


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* 14 Well-being, Health, Medicine (p.5 of 6)


14.23 When you have a joint or muscle sore


My ankle is swollen. Listen <I cant walk. My ankle is swollen.>

I twisted my ankle. Listen <I twisted my ankle. Help me to wrap it tightly with a piece of cloth.>

I sprained my wrist. Listen <I sprained my wrist. I can hardly move the hand. I hope its not a fracture.>

I pulled a muscle. Listen < How did it happen? I was playing tennis. You need ice and compression.>

I strained a muscle. Listen < Yes, this spot is stiff and bruised. You need rest and medication.>

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14.24 When you have sleep problems


I can't sleep. Listen <I cant sleep. I need some antidepressant.>

I have insomnia. Listen <I have insomnia. Im so nervous, I cant fall asleep.>

I'm always drowsy. Listen A I am always sleepy. <I cant perform tasks that require concentration. Nor can I drive a car. I am always drowsy.>

I've been really sleepy. Listen <I couldnt do any work today. Ive been really sleepy.>

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14.25 When you want to indicate for how long you have been sick


I've been sick for a week. Listen <How long have you been sick? Ive been sick for a week.>

This started a week ago. Listen <Tell me when all this started. This started a week ago.>

I fell ill on New Years Day. Listen <When did you first notice these symptoms? I fell ill on New Years Day.>

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14.26 When you reveal important information about yourself to a doctor


My mother has this disease. Listen <I believe that I inherited diabetes. My mother has this disease.>

This problem runs in the family. Listen A Many members of my family have it. <I have diabetes. It may be hereditary. This problem runs in the family.>

I've had this before. Listen <Its not the first time that I contracted it. Ive had this before.>

I'm on medication. Listen <I am on medication. Heres the list of drugs I receive.>

I'm allergic to penicillin. Listen <I am allergic to some drugs. Particularly, I am allergic to penicillin.>

I'm pregnant. Listen <Doctor, I am pregnant. OK. How many weeks? Is this your first pregnancy?>

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14.27 When you ask a doctor about a medical problem


Is it serious? Listen <Well, you have diabetes type one. Doctor, is it serious? Yes, you have to take it seriously. But most people live with it until they are very old.>

Is it treatable? Listen < Yes, it is. Lets discuss our options.>

Is it curable? Listen < Yes. Therere several methods to cure this disease.>

Can it be cured? Listen < Youve come to us at the right time. You are at an early stage yet. Your chances are good.>

Is it malignant? Listen < I dont know yet. We need to run more tests.>

Can you do something about it? Listen < Im going to send you to Doctor Smith for a consultation. He specializes in this particular area. Well make a decision after that.>

Do I need surgery? Listen < Most likely you do. But its a common procedure these days.>

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14.28 When you describe a doctor's actions


The doctor told me to take two aspirins and call him in the morning. Listen < Hopefully youll get better by that time.>

The doctor gave me something for the pain. Listen < Im glad he did. The medicine should alleviate your suffering.>

The doctor wrote me a prescription. Listen < Im going to the pharmacy to get your prescription.>

The doctor gave me a prescription. Listen < OK, let me order it for you.>

The doctor took a blood sample. Listen < Obviously, he wants to see if the treatment has helped.>

The doctor ran some tests. Listen < They will show how you are actually doing.>

The doctor will have the results back in a week. Listen < Good. Then, well make an appointment for you to see him.>

The doctor referred me to a specialist. Listen < I hope theres nothing seriously wrong with you.>

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