Then I started working for real on my own. I’ve worked a lot with victims of gender-based violence and it makes sense to me now, what she said at that time. We can’t really know the psyche of all the people and how they cope with bad situations, it can be anything at all. But that carefree, smart-mouthed teen that I took the history of is not one of them. And my senior, through her experience knew of it long before I did.
I don’t really know what happened to her next and if there was a case filed for her. I was posted in Pediatrics the next week and didn’t see her again. But still, the lesson remains true, never take what patients tell you at face value. Always suspect at the back of your mind that they might be lying. Don’t ever contend your thoughts or your personal feeling into your patients because it may cloud your judgement.