Back from new Rhuemy..boy have I got a good story... should have listened to golitho

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mama6
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   Posted 8/20/2010 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
smilewinkgrin  So I had me new Rhuemy appointment today. It was quite and interesting day in general. I thought I knew where it was,thought it was just north of downstown indy. Instead it was almost 35 minutes north of there. So I left work a little late to go(lost track of time) thinking it wouldn't take to long anyways. On the freeway I realized my son must have borrowed my van because the gas I put in was gone. So by then I'm like oh no I'm gonna be late. I go to put gas in and realize that he borrowed my atm card to deposit his check and didn't give me back the card. I only had $5.oo in cash, and I'm on E. I get to the dr.'s 10 minutes late and he is waiting at the front desk with the receptionist. The glass is closed but I can tell they are talking about me because he looks at his watch. Anyways I get in there and he is great. He asked so many questions, and ordered blood test and x-rays..my old one never did any of this. So I think he's leaving to go get the nurse and he turns around and tells me to strip down to bra and panties so he can come back and check all my joints. Just as he walked out I remember I was wearing a pair of nice dress pants for work but hadn't wore panties because with these pants it leaves a panty line. I start to panick, thinking oh my..golitho told me they do this. So I pull my pant legs up as far as possible and cover up with the sheet thinking he might not notice(yeah I wasn't thinking) he walks in and looks right at my legs kind of funny. I stammer and ramble.....and then tell him I'm not wearing underwear because of these pants and I hadn't thought when I got ready in the morning and my old rhuemy never checked like that oh my gosh I'm so sorry do you want me to strip down anyways? He stutters a little and his face gets bright red and he says " no,no that's ok, just keep the pants on." I was so imbarrassed. He got his compossier(I think he wanted to laugh or run out, I don't know) and checked all my joints. Put me on an anti-inflammatory and sent me for test. I'm sure I was the talk of the office. He handled it well and spent nearly an hour, even though I was late. I think he will be good. They are suppossed to call me wednesday with the results, unless it comes sooner he said. Well thought I'd share my story with my other family...next time I wear underwear, and have a full tank of gas. turn .Heather
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   Posted 8/20/2010 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Thats a good one. I am sure it wasn't too funny at the time, but I am glad you can find the humor in it after the fact.


I have had a similar "adventure". Back in my teens I went to my doctor for a physical. At the time I was very self conscious about being in my underwear so I would forgo them in favor of wearing a pair of thin gym shorts under my pants whenever I went to the doctor. When the nurse, who was very young and must have been fresh out of school, took me back she told me to strip to my underwear and left. A few minutes later she came back in and seen me in my gym shorts and got a little irate for not following directions. I tried to tell her that the shorts were my underwear that day and she didn't believe me and told me to take them off. I turned around and started lowering them, making it quite obvious I didn't have anything else on. Next thing I know she is stammering for me to stop and left the room in a heartbeat. A minute later an older nurse came in laughing to take my vitals and as she was leaving the doctor comes in and asks what was so funny and had to sit down because he was laughing so hard once he was told the story.
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mama6
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   Posted 8/20/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Jim,
That is hilarious!!So you do trully know what it was like. I'm glad they at least laughed about it..it's one you'll never forget am I right? Yeah, I know they all have this oath about dr./patient..but as I was leaving everyone at the front desk were smirking. I might have been paranoid..but I'm pretty sure the story had already made it there. Without us I guess their jobs would be really boring..same thing, day after day. tongue Thanks for making me feel better and not like I was the only one. yeah   Heather
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Meds: Nuvigl, Cymbalta, Tramadol

Mother to 5 wonderfull kids. Oldest is 18 and just left the nest for animation school. Youngest just started 2nd grade. So I am crazy, and feeling my age plus some.

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   Posted 8/20/2010 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Heather...

I swear - that is something that would happen to me :) :) Oh, life is funny, isn't it? :)

I'm glad that he took time with you and did a thorough exam. Let us know what the results turn out to be... I hope you get some sort of answers.

Thanks for sharing your story, Heather :)

--Tina
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mama6
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   Posted 8/20/2010 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
mom,
It really was one of those, uh can I climb out the window moments..ok where is the window? NOOOOOOOO there is no window, hmm wonder if I can sneak out the door before he gets back. Darn to late..he's back.
I had to laugh..later..much later. I know I will def. be remembered as a patient. No way am I slipping between the cracks.haha turn Heather
Big Hugs, Mama6

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Meds: Nuvigl, Cymbalta, Tramadol

Mother to 5 wonderfull kids. Oldest is 18 and just left the nest for animation school. Youngest just started 2nd grade. So I am crazy, and feeling my age plus some.

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   Posted 8/20/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Heather...

:) :) Totally understand what you are saying! My husband and I have a "saying" for those moments - probably best that I don't repeat it here - LOL... but it's based on moments like you described (and which - somehow - I get myself into all the time!!)...

That was a good one though :) Have a good night :)
--Tina
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   Posted 8/20/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Your stories made my day. So funny!

I've never gone in with no underwear, but all my docs seem so shy and embarased when they are doing various exams. They keep looking upward, have a nurse or assistant in the exam room, keep me completely covered even if I have my underwear on ... It's no big deal to me! After having 4 kids, a tiny breast cancer, all sorts of exams, mammograms, colonoscopies ... nothing embarasses me anymore.

Keep the stories coming. It's lots of fun reading this while I'm waiting for my nighttime pain med to kick in so I can go to bed.
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   Posted 8/20/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Heather,

Thanks for the story, I definately got a laugh out of it. I'm glad that you too were able to see the humor in your situation. It's always good to have a good laugh at ourselves now and then.

Next time you can always ask if they have disposable undies lol. I actually had to wear some of those during my last stimulator surgery because it was that time of the month for me & so they wouldn't let me wear my own undies. Boy was I self concious about wearing those. They were awful! I'm not sure what's worse -- no undies or thin, see-thru disposable granny undies.

Skeye

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   Posted 8/20/2010 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Humm!....should I tell this story or not? :)

SE:)
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   Posted 8/20/2010 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
OK...at the request of an anonymous e/mailer I will share my story! :)

Back in 1995 our Union went on strike against our company! I was off of work for 10 weeks, and caught a cold...a bad cold!
I did not seek a Dr because I thought I did not have insurance while off of work. Well needless to say...I developed a bad cough......I coughed so much that I coughed a Hemorrhoid out! :(

Well...we went back to work after settling the contract....and I immediately called the Dr office to make an appointment. When the receptionist asked what the nature of my visit would be.....
....I made a little fib and told her that I had a head cold. (Head cold was over, but the Hemorrhoid wasn't!)

When the big day came....I was taken to one of the private rooms until the Dr could see me.

I soon heard a Knock...Knock...Knock...and in walked the DR! He asked "Michael, what can I do for you today?"

I said "I got a little friend I want you to meet" :) ....he said...."well, where is he? " ....with that I dropped my trousers bent over the table and spread my cheeks! :).....
....and said "I think he wants to shake your finger! :)

He got the biggest tickle out of it...and to this day we laugh about it :) He later told me that if I was ever in that situation again, to just come in insurance or not, and he would take care of it.


Sorry to those of you that thought it might be too graphic....but this is my story and I'm sticking to it! :)

Moderators edit away if you need to....I only posted on a dare! :)

I'm sure there are many other stories that many of the members could tell, and it may even make a good Koffee Klatch. (Chutz) :)


SE:)
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   Posted 8/20/2010 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a story from a slightly different perspective:
Being a male and a nurse, I have a few stories from nursing school that was well rather embarrassing, at least me. One of the ones I remember the most, was during one of my clinicals in labor and delivery, my clinical was from 7 to 11 AM, well at 1045 my assigned patient, looks like she is going to deliver very soon, so my nursing instructor, said if I did not have any classes in the afternoon, that she would like me to stay over and be there for the delivery. That was fine, a little while later, in the delivery room everything was ready to go and then the stir-up on the left side broke, things were starting to move pretty quickly, and the Doctor looked at me, and said being a nursing student, I wasn't doing anything, so  I might as well be useful!  and at his direction so I was! I was the stir-up  holding her leg up during the delivery!!  Everyone thought it was funny, even the patient! But boy it did not take long before, the word got out to the nursing school. and did I ever get razzed over that one. Remember I was a minority in my nursing school class, not many males, in my class and I was the only on in this particular laber and delivery class! All I can say is  you just  might try to  imagine some of the razzing comments I got from the other nursing students! And I thought men bad with the teasing, and were crude with the jokes, guys we don't have anything over a group of women in that department! smilewinkgrin
 
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   Posted 8/20/2010 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Heather -

See what you started tongue

SE -

Thanks for the visual right before bed smilewinkgrin You make me laugh....! Without divulging all my secrets - that's one issue I've never had... thank goodness! tongue

WB -

I'm having a c-section, so I don't have to worry about that happening to me smilewinkgrin ....I wonder if the woman remembers the male nursing student that held her leg up during delivery.... I swear, you lose ALL modesty when giving birth! (see what you men miss out on!)

I'm stopping while I'm ahead... and going to bed. Night, all. Thanks for the laughs tonight!
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mama6
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   Posted 8/20/2010 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW!! What great stories, all of you had me laughing in hysterics. It makes me feel good that I was not the only one who could have been exposed smilewinkgrin .
Tina, Skyeye,SC,Alcie,Whitebeard,momto6,
I only told two other friends that I have, one of whom referred me to this Rhuematologist. The two of them laughed,no kidding, for 5 minutes straight.
Like I said I have a feeling I will not soon be forgotten at the Arthritis Care Center. It will be very interesting to see what happens when I have to go in for the results. SE, I have to agree with mom, as I was laughing, I totally got the visual..which made me laugh harder. White Beard after having 5 of my own...I'm so sorry but the thought of you having to be the stir-up that close to..well all of God's creations had me laughing out loud. Oh I hope the next appointment goes a little smoother. wink Heather
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Mother to 5 wonderfull kids. Oldest is 18 and just left the nest for animation school. Youngest just started 2nd grade. So I am crazy, and feeling my age plus some.

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   Posted 8/21/2010 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Heather, (and the rest of you that made me laugh!)

LOL....LOL...LOL! All of these stories were great....and I really needed to laugh! Seems like it has been a while since I laughed and it felt good! So thanksomuch!

Also.....I am so very happy to hear that your appointment went well...besides the oops! I know that you were concerned and what a way to break the ice with a new doctor! Hopefully this doctor will get you all taken care of and on the road to feeling better!

Take care everyone....wishing you all a LPD!

Hugs,
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   Posted 8/21/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   

 

   HAHAHHAHAHHAHA! My husband and I are lkaffing so hard! You guys made my morning!!! Hahahahaha!

   You guys are the best. And heather, I am so glad your appointment went so well. He sounds like a keeper for sure!

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   Posted 8/21/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Beckey,Paula, and Dani,
I most definetely will not forgot the underwear next time..won't even worry about the pantyline.haha smilewinkgrin   I am so glad that he was a good Dr. that just kind of rolled with it, of course after he got over the initial shock, I'm sure. I was really stressed and once I was late I thought oh no this is not the way to start this off. I am hopefully the x-rays come back showing something, not hoping for anything but answers. Glad we could help bring smiles to everone's faces, like you I hadn't laughed in awhile..after my experience and reading everyone else's my sides were hurting..finally in a good way!! Take care and thank you for your support. Heather
Big Hugs, Mama6

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Mother to 5 wonderfull kids. Oldest is 18 and just left the nest for animation school. Youngest just started 2nd grade. So I am crazy, and feeling my age plus some.

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   Posted 8/22/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
You never know when someone will "bust you out" with the undies thing. The other day at a large family gathering, one of the two year old's went with her Memi (Grandmother) to the potty and yelled out to everyone......"MAMA....Memi forgot her panties".....busted!!! Not a dry eye in the house after that.

Thanks for the laughs!
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   Posted 8/22/2010 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Great laughs guys. Raising my spirits by the minute.
I'm so glad he was so thorough though Heather, even if it was stressful at the time! I'm sure he will be a good rheumy for you. Fingers crossed you get a diagnosis now, come Wednesday.
At least he is covering all bases for you, even the humiliating ones. And you're right you will be remembered now too.
I keep giggling with your imagery, golitho

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   Posted 8/23/2010 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
This one has had me in stitches too. Please forget the panty line next time, lol.

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   Posted 8/23/2010 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL thanks mama6 for getting us all to laugh today!!!!!
Sounds like this Dr. will be the right fit for you! Keep us all posted. Remember what your mom used to say.....always have clean underpants on? Well I am going to add "don't forget to put underpants on everyday"!!!
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mama6
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   Posted 8/23/2010 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Golitho,straydog,hydrangea,
I'm glad I could help with some laughs smilewinkgrin   My mom did remind me of that saying when I told her over the weekend what happened. She got quite a kick out of it along with the other stories posted here(sorry but I had to share..they were so funny). I will not be thinking pantyline next time and have considered of keeping a spare in my glove compartment..but that could start a whole other type of story of why there are there in the first place. Soooo I'm just going to keep them on in the future..all the time....goog lesson learned though. Now I'm dreading the going back. I keep telling myself maybe he won't remember, then reality kicks in hahaaha..I will be the one his grandchildren here stories about. turn   Have a good one and thanks for the support. I think he will be great. Heather
Big Hugs, Mama6

DX. with Fibromyalgia, Narcolepsy, Poss. RA or Psoratic Arthritis, Herniated disc 3x in last 7 months
Meds: Nuvigl, Cymbalta, Tramadol

Mother to 5 wonderfull kids. Oldest is 18 and just left the nest for animation school. Youngest just started 2nd grade. So I am crazy, and feeling my age plus some.
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