Dr. Stephen Chase of Nashville, Tennessee, was utterly flummoxed when Isaac Graves, who came in about an issue he was having with his left knee, was uninterested in pain pills or antidepressants but merely wanted to find out what was going on with his swollen joint.
"It was the strangest thing," said Dr. Chase of his highly unusual patient. "He wanted information, not a prescription. I didn't know how to tell him that's not what we do. I felt terrible."
He added, "I offered to prescribe him an SSRI if the whole thing was getting him down, but he didn't want that, either. He wouldn't even take any free samples."
In a last-ditch effort to assist his ailing patient, Dr. Chase attempted to convince Graves to at least accept a written prescription for Oxycontin to help with the mild discomfort in his knee - an Rx which, the doctor emphasized, Graves would be under no obligation whatsoever to fill. "But he turned that down, too," said Dr. Chase. "Some people are simply very resistant to treatment."
Fortunately for the recalcitrant patient, however, Isaac Graves did not leave Dr. Chase's office entirely unaided by the miracles of modern medicine - and technology.
"Since he completed an intake form, his mailing address is in our system," said Dr. Chase. "He can be expecting a nice little prescription or two in his mailbox in the next couple of days."