Years ago shortly after Jen was diagnosed with M.S., my boss and very good friend, Bette worried how I would react hearing the diagnosis tossed around in casual conversation. After all, it's a medical equipment company. We have patients with M.S. who are quite disabled.
I was fine until the first time I found myself filling out some paperwork for an electric wheelchair for an M.S. patient. The woman and I had been talking for a while, I was quite familiar with her diagnosis and situation. Then I had to write the ICD-9 code. ICD-9 codes are to the medical world what the Dewey decimal system is to a library.
I looked it up in my book and filled in 340. My hand shook (lol, yes, more than normal).
I had forgotten all about that until I was filling out the Revlimid paperwork.
There it was, 203.00 Which my mind immediately translated to "Multiple myeloma without mention out remission".
Yeah, in my world, that's as real as it gets.