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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 can�t 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 it�s 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 can�t sleep. I need some antidepressant.�>

I have insomnia.�� Listen�� <�I have insomnia. I�m so nervous, I can�t fall asleep.�>

I'm always drowsy.�� Listen�� A �I am always sleepy.��� <�I can�t perform tasks that require concentration. Nor can I drive a car. I am always drowsy.�>

I've been really sleepy.�� Listen�� <�I couldn�t do any work today. I�ve 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?� � �I�ve 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 Year�s Day.�� Listen�� <�When did you first notice these symptoms?� � �I fell ill on New Year�s 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�� <�It�s not the first time that I contracted it. I�ve had this before.�>

I'm on medication.�� Listen�� <�I am on medication. Here�s 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. Let�s discuss our options.�>

Is it curable?�� Listen�� < � �Yes. There�re several methods to cure this disease.�>

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

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

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

Do I need surgery?�� Listen�� < � �Most likely you do. But it�s 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 you�ll get better by that time.�>

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

The doctor wrote me a prescription.�� Listen�� < � �I�m 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, we�ll make an appointment for you to see him.�>

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

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