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An apple a day keeps the doctor away / Más vale prevenir que curar
 

Por Estela González Torres
April 2018
Aunque el refrán (idiom) rece “más vale prevenir que curar” (“an apple a day keeps the doctor away”), es muy posible que nos toque visitar la consulta de un médico en alguna ocasión. Por ello, dedicamos este número a este tipo de situaciones en las que necesitamos pedir cita, contarle al especialista cómo nos sentimos, etc.
 
You aren’t feeling well and you dial your doctor’s office to make an appointment.

YOU: GOOD AFTERNOON, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE THE DOCTOR. (Buenas tardes, me gustaría pedir cita para ver al médico).

MEDICAL SECRETARY: ARE YOU SCHEDULING A CHECK-UP OR ARE YOU ILL? CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR HEALTH CONCERN? (¿Está agendando una revisión o está enfermo? ¿Puede describir el problema?)

Y: I HAVE REALLY ITCHY SKIN AND I HAVE A RASH THAT I NEED A DOCTOR TO LOOK AT. (Mi piel se irrita con facilidad y tengo un sarpullido que me gustaría que viera un médico).

M S: DO YOU ALSO HAVE A FEVER? ARE YOU IN ANY PAIN? (¿También tiene fiebre? ¿Le duele algo?).

Y: NO, IT JUST ITCHES A LOT. (No, solo me pica mucho).

M S: I HAVE OPENINGS ON TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY. WHICH WOULD BE BEST FOR YOU? (Tengo hueco el martes o el miércoles. ¿Cuál le vendría mejor?)

Y: TUESDAY WORKS BETTER FOR ME, THANKS. (El martes me viene mejor, gracias). 

M S: NO PROBLEM. I CAN FIT YOU IN ON TUESDAY AT 10 WITH EITHER DR. MILLER OR DR. BROWN. (No hay problema. Puedo ofrecerle el martes a las 10 con la Doctora Miller o el Doctor Brown).

Y: I WOULD LIKE TO SEE DR. MILLER. (Me gustaría ver a la Doctora Miller).

M S: I CAN SCHEDULE WITH HER. SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY AT 10. (Puedo agendarlo con ella. Lo esperamos el próximo martes a las 10).

Y: THANK YOU. (Gracias).

            Now, let’s review a chart to be able to describe our healt issue.
 
WHAT’S THE MATTER? HOW DO YOU FEEL? ADJECTIVES
(- / +)
 
HOW DOES IT HURT? ARE YOU IN PAIN?
I have a backache.
You have a cold.
She has a stomache.
We have a headache.
You have sore throat.
They have the flu.
I feel bad.
You feel better.
He feels terrible.
She DOESN’T feel well.
We feel sick.
You DON’T feel great.
They feel healty.
sick / healthy
bad / good – well - fine
worse / better
awful / great
terrible / terrific
It hurts a lot / a little.
It DOESN’T hurt a lot – much.
They hurt a lot / a little.
They DON’T hurt a lot – much.

I DON’T have any pain.
I’m in severe pain.

Here you can find some more vocabulary to explain your pain (you can also make sentences later):
 
Backache – Cold – Cough – Earache – Fever – Flu – Headache – Sore eyes – Sore throat – Stomache – Toothache

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