Thursday Morning Adventures

Thursday, August 12, 2010
This morning, I had to go and have some medical tests done. Nothing to worry about, just the routine stuff for my upcoming annual physical. However, I had forgotten yesterday that I was supposed to fast for 12-14 hours before my appointment and had only eaten a couple of cherry tomatoes last night at 730ish by the time I showed up at the lab. I felt ill, tired, and more than just a wee bit hungry. I tried to sit and read my book while waiting for them to call my name. However it was a bit difficult as I was made to listen to a conversation between two other patients discussing the ins and outs (pun intended) of barium enemas versus colonoscopies. For the record, there was no consensus on which was worse. All I could think of as I sat there was PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP! I didn't come here to discuss how often each of us has had someone knock on the back door. I just want to have electrodes strapped to my 1/2 naked body, pee into a cup, and add to the non-heroine-related track marks on one of my arms. Then I can go home and eat.

Why do people want to talk about this sort of stuff with complete strangers????


tweetey30 said...

Scary people can just sit there and talk about this stuff. I hate when you go into the drs office and people are talking about stuff that make you uncomfortable.. And if you get up and move they wonder why.. Yikes..

Heather said...

Just tell them about the time you had chlamydia AND herpes. "Oh, man," you could say. "It was almost as bad as having crabs AND ebola!"

I bet they'd go away after that.


Red said...

I think it's because people are looking for reassurance in shared experiences and they're probably trying to rationalize and exorcise their fears. I was having a similar conversation (not about enemas, but similar in how private it should have been, perhaps) with another lady while waiting my turn at the breast clinic...

It's because we're all scared! So let them be. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think I would actually have found that conversation to be fascinating. Provided I was not waiting for a barium enema or a colonoscopy, that is.

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