This actually happened. About ten minutes ago, in fact.
SCENE – The kitchen of a small home. Husband is on the phone. Wife enters.
EVAN (hanging up phone): So! I don’t have head cancer!
ME: Oh, was that the doctor? Wait, you were worried you had head cancer?
EVAN: Well, you know.
ME: So, what did the CAT scan show? Is it a bone infection?
EVAN: No, it’s a deviated septum and severe sinus infection, with mild allergies.
ME: Really?! So, a deviated septum caused years of dental pain?
ME: And all the headaches and your inability to sleep because of the pain? All of this from a deviated septum?
EVAN: And the extreme congestion.
ME: That part makes sense. But I had no idea a deviated septum could cause so much trouble for so long.
EVAN: Apparently, the doctor wants me to go to Ear, Nose and Throat guy, but, you know.
EVAN: You gotta watch doctors.
EVAN: With medical things, there are two paths. Serious and not.
ME: I don’t get what you’re saying.
EVAN: There’s cancer, and life threatening things, and then there’s the stuff not worth bothering with. There’s no grey area.
ME: Well, this strikes me as a grey area, your deviated septum. It’s not super serious, but it’s not insignificant, either.
EVAN: If it hasn’t caused a problem in 34 years, I don’t know why I need to worry about it.