August 19, 2007

always more than you bargained for

this isn't a get-well-type-thing, but it ought to be included, i think, in our collection of the strange things people say. if you have any experience with specialists, you will know how they are apt to comment on many things that are not within their area of expertise. going to see someone about osteoporosis? she'll tell you how to manage your pain. got a hip problem? he'll tell you what you should do for your dyspepsia. this statement has to be a prize winner:


i do, by the way, get $45 haircuts and wash and press my clothes. apparently, not wearing makeup and a dress is a big problem in doctorland.

10 comments:

Jason said...

A doc actually said that to you?! Of course he did. They say all kinds of things. The re-do on the comic is great. Thanks for making me laugh. This site rocks.

Donimo said...

I've run into a few people in town who have asked me if a doctor REALLY said this. Indeed he did. Like I've said, all posts on this blog will be true. Truth is stranger than sickness? Something like that.

alice, uptown said...

No matter how depressed I am, I always get dressed up -- or at least wash my hair -- for the shrink. Go figure. Not so much for the neuro or the ortho or any other specialist.

Elizabeth McClung said...

Just love the statement - what else can I say. I haven't had a doctor actually comment on the appropriateness of my clothes or appearance since.....sometime around puberty?

Katrin said...

Oh thank god I'm not the only one! I had a neurologist tell me this becuase I failed to put hair clips, on the sides of my head, in that day due to a massive migraine and the fact that my hair was pulled back in a pony tail just wasn't enough.

Donimo said...

Wow, Katrin, you slob!Sheesh. Did the doc use this particular phrase or did he (I am assuming it is a he, but I'm sure women docs can make silly calls as well)come up with another one just as succinct and just as inaccurate? NO, you are definitely not the only one.

Katrin said...

Yup, "indifferent" was HIS word of choice (he even had the thought to put it in the report as well as tell me in person! Such a nice guy! Ugh...)

And then I got annoyed (really, me annoyed? No, never) and since that day have decided to NEVER put hair clips on the side of my head, and no one has since said a thing (then again I fired that neurologist when he told me, "I can't help you, and this all must be psychosomatic becuase what I'm trying isn't working." Right, sure thing, didn't matter that mental health drs were telling me, "None of this is psychosomatic. You've got other issues, but the stuff that he's saying is mental based, sure isn't" Oh and this guy also NEVER did even an abbreviated, let alone a complete, neuro exam, he just talked, I think his degree came of of a box of Lucky Charms)

Katrin said...

Oh and I think this blog is great! So many stupid things are said by 'experts' and idiots alike...

ashy said...

I got more than i bargained for... When i went to the dental specialist about my tmj (jaw joint pain & clicking) after being kept waiting for nearly an hour and him dismissing my jaw issues (Nothing to worry about, if it actually gets stuck in the open position, just come to the hospital and we can unlock it!!)he asked about other health problems i said i have had ME/CFS for nearly 9 years and he said he heard something about that... as he struggled to remember what it was i thought "here we go again, more advice" but i never could have predicted what he said: "it's probably all mumbo jumbo, but seeing as you have been ill for so long it may be worth a try... it about where you sleep... and ley lines... if you move your bed it could help..." he seemed genuinely disappointed that i have moved house several times during my illness and his theory was ruled out. I then of course had to thank him and seem grateful for his caring advice, when really i did not have the energy left to stand there and listen... i just wanted to say "Can I go home now?"

Donimo said...

Hi, Ashy. Isn't it amazing how doctors who don't seem to even have a handle on their own specialty (it didn't seem like he was too responsive to treating your TMJ) have an opinion about how you should treat something completely out of their realm of expertise? Not that anyone is an expert on ley lines. You get double bonus points for getting a weird cure suggestion from an actual doctor and not just your neighbour or grocer!