Have you guys noticed this?

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justjenjen
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   Posted 3/21/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Every time I go to a new doc, or in last nights case, the ER, once they find out I have an ostomy they always look at it! I have NEVER gone to any new docs or the ER for ostomy/ abdominal related issues but they still always look. It kinda of annoys me...I'm sure it is just curiosity, but if they want to see it or know about it, they should ask me. Just because I'm seeking treatment for an infected spider bite does not give someone free reign to check out my bag just because they're nosy! It kinda feels like a violation. It seems like a double standard...if I came in for a spider bite on my calf (like I did last night) they would never do a pelvic exam...why is my ostomy somehow considered 'ok' to check out? I tend to think of myself as pretty laid back, but I have run into way too many health care 'professionals' that in MHO are not very professional. Does this happen to any of you? How do you feel about it?

Thanks for listening to my rant.

Chasblah
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   Posted 3/21/2010 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never had that happen.
They always seem interested and ask me about it (even my daughters pediatrician wants to know, lol), but i'm cool with it.
I can see how it would be annoying if they just want to look at it without asking.
Next time, be honest, and ask them flat out : 'What does that have to do with anything' before you lift up your shirt. ;p
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/21/2010 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
that is kind of odd, although it would be hilarious if the dr came in and said, im gonna need to do a pelvic exam to check out that spider bite on your leg!
When i go, they seem amazed that it is there, but noone has just randomly looked at it. they did feel it when i went with a stomach bug when they felt my stomach like they do, but they didnt say lift your shirt.
The dr even asked me if i could take immodium or lomotil!
The only person who asked to see it was my dental hygentist, and she was very polite about it. She was really curious and wanted to know how it worked, and i was telling her and she said, how do you manage to keep it where it doesnt show? she was staring at my stomach trying so hard to seeit, she said, i just cant tell at all, can i see it?
And i lifted up my shirt and showed her the top of it.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-


justjenjen
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   Posted 3/21/2010 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Well my ileo is below my waist (I'm naturally high-waisted) and they have to move my pants and my undies! I wouldn't mind in the least if I was asked about it or if someone asked to see...I just despise that they NEVER ask and just DO it--I think is it totally rude and inappropriate. It reminds me of when your pregnant and total strangers think it is ok to touch your belly.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/21/2010 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd cut their fingers off...well, maybe not that drastic...but it is ODD!!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


Allison77
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   Posted 3/22/2010 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
<- agrees that it is odd. I haven't been in that situation yet, and I am ALWAYS showing Oscar off, but I would be VERY upset if someone went in for a look without my consent. I also think Chassity is right, ask "what does my ostomy have to do with......?"

-Allie
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/26/2010 2:05 AM (GMT -6)   
That is odd to have a doctor do that when it's completely unrelated to why you're there. I'm going to see my Primary Care Physician this afternoon about a sore throat. I'll let you know if he goes for the ostomy! nono Stop right there! LOL
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.


flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/26/2010 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, so I saw my primary care physician for a sore throat today, and he pushed on my stomach while giving me the whole body checkup, but didn't want to see my stoma or anything. So, that was okay, but I did correct him on one thing. He said that Crohn's can't show up in the small intestine, to which I said, oh yes it can, and he said, it can? oh yeah, that's right, it's ulcerative colitis that can't show up there, and I said, right. hmmm... rolleyes
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.


Chasblah
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   Posted 3/27/2010 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
churchlady,
that was a big oops from your dr. i bet he felt like a dummy.
to us, it seems like common knowledge!
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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