One major item on the list ahead of tomorrow’s doctor’s appointment is sleep quality, which the couple agreed has been problematic. Ever since hip replacement surgery a month prior, the husband can’t sleep. He’s up pacing at night, and dozing more frequently during the day. It’s disruptive for both of them. He’s been up every night for four weeks. Then, as luck would have it, the night before the doctor’s appointment, he sleeps all night.
The next day, the wife brings up the issue of sleep quality to the doctor, and the husband chimes in, “I sleep fine.” She’s shocked. He’s had restless sleep for 30 of the past 31 nights. She’s thinking fast. Does she push the issue? Would that embarrass him? Would he dispute her version of reality?