- Me: Okay, let's see. Now are there any religious or cultural needs that we need to take into account with regard to your child's treatment?
- Dad: Huh? [confused]
- Me: Do you have any religious needs that we need to know about, any traditions, special needs?
- Dad: Well...I'm Muslim. (smiles).
- Me: OK. (writing this down)
- Dad; No! No! I was just kidding. That was a joke! I'm not a Muslim! I'm just a regular American!
- Me: 'Regular'?
- Dad: You know, the usual.
- Me: Tell me what 'usual' means to you.
- Dad: Christian. You know. Regular.
- Me: 'kay. (writing this down)
- Dad; (shifts uncomfortably in his chair)
- Me: Anything else you'd like me to know about your son?
- Dad: Just that...you know, we're just a regular family. Regular.
- Me: 'Regular.' Got it.
- Dad: We're not Muslim.
- Me: Okay.
- Dad: I just--I didn't want you to think we were. Because. We're not.
- Me: Right-o. (writing in my notes: Father reports "regular" with respect to spiritual beliefs)
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