The magical mystery land of community health

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Another installment of the Totally Inappropriate Comment December 4, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — lesbonurse @ 12:29 am
  • The scene: me, beginning to do a digital rectal exam. Me: “Now, this isn’t very comfortable but it shouldn’t be painful.” (sliding finger into patient’s rectum) Patient: “Actually, it feels good.” Actual comment: “Ummm…it should feel clinical.” Totally Inappropriate Comment: “EEEEWWWW! Eeeww eeww eeww! Finishing now! Ew!”
  • Mentally ill patient that I see frequently for multiple health problems: “You’re my best friend. You’re the only person I can talk to.” Actual comment: silent, empathetic eye contact–no comment. TIC: “Please don’t say that. It makes me feel sorry for you and also makes me want to back out of the room slowly.”
  • Patient with chronic itchy skin (and bad body odor), who was only bathing once a week: “Since I’ve been taking a bath every night, my skin feels so much softer!” Actual comment: “That’s great! It looks good!” TIC: “You don’t say? Who would have thought?”