Funny day at the radiologist's

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   Posted 12/1/2005 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Funny story for you guys...I went in today for my hip x-ray, and afterwards the radiologist came in to give me a fluoroscopically-guided cortisone injection to treat the bursitis.  He was this very sweet, good-humored doc and I told him about my dad, a very well-known radiologist in the U.S.  Turns out this doc knew of my father and we chatted for a while about that.  As he prepped the area for the injection we were talking about my medical school applications, living in Alaska, etc.  Well, he distracted me (and himself) a little bit too much because he started the injection in the wrong spot!  He was going in at the hip joint, near the groin, instead of the bursa, on the outside of the hip.  I was thinking, "Well, maybe he is going to thread the catheter through the hip joint to the right spot or something," so I didn't say anything while the anesthestics started a'flowin' until I saw the x-ray and realized the steroids would be going straight into my hip joint.  So I said, "Um, doc, that's not the right spot.  The pain is over HERE!" (gesticulating wildly).  He was like, "Oh, my..." Stopped right there, removed the needle, and had to start all over again! 
It was hysterical, but he and the tech felt really bad.  He kept apologizing.  When he finished (at the right spot) I said, "Can we do it again??" Luckily he was able to realize that I have a sense of humor and wouldn't sue him :) and so he laughed at my joke.  When he left, the tech was like, "He is going to feel bad about that all day long now."
At least the guy was humble and apologetic and kind, a human being who made a mistake but admitted it right off the bat, while luckily no harm was done.  Just thought you'd all get a kick out of the story!

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   Posted 12/1/2005 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
That's hilarious! Can you imagine if you hadn't caught him? I probably wouldn't have said anything and gone home thinking "he must have known what he was doing."
Let us know how your hip gets to feeling after all this.
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