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Umm…ok July 27, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — lesbonurse @ 12:03 pm

Yesterday was one of those days where people said things that sorta blew my mind.  You know, the sort of comment that is so odd that you struggle to find the appropriate response within the appropriate time frame.  Here’s a sample of the comments:

  • Patient, after a pap smear in which there was a female assistant/chaperone in the room: “Well, obviously YOU’RE not gay, but some doctors are, so I can understand why THEY would need to have someone else in the room with them.”  Me: Stunned silence, while patient immediately continued to ramble on at length about something else.  (Not only am I a homo, but I wear a rainbow ribbon on my lab coat and have a short, gay-ass haircut–I’m not sure what type of “gay doctor” she was picturing if it wasn’t me.  Maybe someone mean and gay?)
  • Schizophrenic patient, in office for blood pressure check: “I wrote down some things that I think about every day.  Here, look at them!”  Patient hands me a list of about 30 items on a scrap of paper, starting with “telekinesis”  and “reading people’s thoughts” and ending with “bad vibes.”  Me: “Wow, that’s a lot of things to think about all day long.” Patient: “I KNOW.”
  • 47 year-old woman who desires pregnancy and cannot afford fertility treatment: “I know I’m old, but I believe it can happen. Do you know the story of Abraham and Sarah?  Do you read the bible?  Do you believe it is the truth?” Me: (making mistake by answering honestly) “Well, I’m not sure if those stories are just examples for us to learn from, or truth.”  Patient, becoming upset: “NO!  IT’S THE TRUTH!  THE TRUTH!”  Me: “I can see that faith is very important to you.  I always encourage my patients to have faith…it’s so important.”  Patient, slightly mollified: “Yes, it IS.”

Oh Monday, why are you so full of craziness?

Regarding the first comment, I usually try to come up with a good-but-professional response when confronted with homophobic comments from patients.  In this case, though, I was so distracted by wondering why she assumed I wasn’t gay (was it the pregnancy?  the lack of putting the moves on her during a pap?) that the moment was lost.  Sigh.


A work email July 23, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — lesbonurse @ 1:50 am

I received the following email from our clinic social worker, shortly after one of our patients commented loudly in the waiting room on my pregnant belly and “fat legs”:

G wanted to make sure you understood that she meant ‘phat legs’ as she liked them and I said she was rude and she stated “why is it rude to like her legs?”

Haha.  Good to know my patients like my legs!


Sex Ed July 15, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — lesbonurse @ 1:11 am

Patient, here for complaint of vaginal discharge:

Me: “Tell me about what’s going on”

Patient: “Well, I don’t have any discharge on my panties.  And I don’t have an odor.  But I’m worried that something is wrong.”

Me: “How come?”

Patient: “Because I was having sex with my boyfriend and he said that it felt more…slippery…than usual.  Like, his…thing…just went right in.  He thinks something is wrong.”

Me: “Ok, I can do some tests.  But I have a question.  Do you think it’s possible that you were just more aroused than usual?”

Patient: looks puzzled

Me: “Because women make natural lubrication when they’re aroused.  So maybe you were just feeling good and that wetness was normal.”

Patient, thinks…then makes a face: “No, I don’t think that’s it.”


Me: “Ok then, let’s do the exam.”

The exam was normal.  We had a little talk about other sources of increased vaginal wetness, including normal cyclical things like ovulation.  I got her test results today, and they were all normal.  I called her to let her know.  She was happy, then asked if I could call back and leave the results on her voicemail so she could play it for her boyfriend.  I obliged and left a professional sounding message, but what I really wanted to say was “Vaginal wetness is NORMAL.  You WANT your penis to go in easily.  So don’t freak out!  Your girlfriend is normal!”

Sheesh.  How come they don’t cover this in health class?


Heat and Haiku July 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — lesbonurse @ 1:34 am

One hundred degrees…

For once glad to be inside

on a sunny day.

Chief complaint: feels hot,

sweaty, feverish, fatigued.

Don’t we all, sister!

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