Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Back Side of Medicine and Technology

Technology and medicine have come a long way.

Thanks to the Internet (and Al Gore) my husband is, sometimes, able to field pages from home. From our home computer, he can pull up medical records, look at a patient's CT scan or other study to determine if he needs to go in or not. Technology has definitely been a game changer, not only for the doctors but patients as well.

For instance, once my father was suffering from a bad, itchy rash. He was trying to describe the rash to Doc H over the phone. Doc H suggested he Skype him with his webcam. We were amazed at the clarity of the picture and Doc H was able to diagnose the rash and made treatment suggestions. Viola! Tele-medicine.

I bring this all up because we recently experienced another first in technology and medicine--a blunder, really. A doctor colleague of Doc H's has been having....ummm...how should I phrase this... hemmoroidal issues. This particular doctor (let's call him Doc O'Roid), is the exact opposite of Doc H. When Doc H has any issues, he will make me drive him to a far away hospital where no one will (hopefully) recognize him. Doc O'Roid felt comfortable enough to make his appointment right there in the hospital where he works. Good for him! Great for his wife! She doesn't have to drive him outside of town for his appointments. (Honey, if you're reading this, I really don't mind. Honest. I don't really don't mind, cause you'll be driving me out of state for my colonoscopy.)

Doc O'Roid was a little miffed when his colleague, Doc I-Fix-Roids wouldn't break protocol and documented his appointment and reason for the appointment for all the MAs to see. Humiliating, right? These are co-workers knowing your business.

Then the bad got worse. Infection and pain set in. Doc O'Roid needed help. It was his back side and he couldn't see...he couldn't make a self-diagnosis. What's a Doc to do? Call the wife, that's what. I imagine it went down something like this:

DOR: Honey, come help me!
Mrs: What?
DOR: I think I have an infection, can you grab my IPhone?
(Mrs comes in the room with the camera. DOR moons her, grabs his cheeks and spreads them. She dutifully snaps the photo.)

Doc O'Roid texts the photo of the infected area to his friend and doctor, Doc I-Fix-Roids.  Doc O'Roid (who is home using sick days and heavily medicated at this point) mentions the text to Doc H.

At the hospital, Doc H runs into Doc I-Fix-Roids. Doc H asks if he received the lovely photos on his phone from Doc O'Roids.

Doc I-Fix-Roids: Huh?

Then it all came together for Doc H. He remembered awhile back he tried reaching Doc I-Fix-Roids on his cell phone and a strange lady had answered. Doc I-Fix-Roids had changed his cell phone number.

I'm thinking she's changing her number today, too.


  1. So many opportunities for embarrassment when you are in medicine!

    1. No kidding! I couldn't stop laughing when Doc H told me about the photo being texted to the wrong number! Oh my goodness...good stuff!

      Love how you're spelling it all out for anybody who's thinking of going to med school! You're probably whittling down the pool of prospective students! LOL! I should post something about the car Doc H drove while he was a resident.

  2. OH I can only imagine the predicament doctors get into when they need attention themselves. LOL at the end of your post though...I hope for that lady's sake she did change her number hehe. I'm a new follower and enjoying your blog! :)


    1. Well, welcome! Glad to have you here! I already checked out your blog and am following as well! Look forward to getting to know you. :)

    2. I'm sorry to piggy back on this comment, but it is the only way I was able to comment! ANOTHER hilarious story--I am so glad I FOUND you! I nominated you for The Sunshine Award on my blog (that I have not posted yet, but fully intend to in the next hour...) if you want to check it out...in an hour or so...;o) Thanks for the laughs!

    3. Thank you so much! I'll be sure to check it out! I am relatively new to blogging, so I am just figuring this all out myself, but to be nominated for an award sounds pretty great to me! I'm all smiles! :)

      I'm glad you're enjoy the blog. It's not always alway super funny, but I try when I can. You have to laugh at all this stuff...otherwise you (I really mean me) end up on a sofa, in an office...medicated. I'd rather just save my dollars and blog it out.

    4. No pressure to be funny all the time--especially since your funny ones are SO VERY FUNNY! I'm always worried that people are going to "tune in" on one of my off days and think I'm not EVER funny and give up on me totally! Then I remember that I am [mostly] doing it for me--I TOTALLY agree about the being medicated on a sofa somewhere! This is so much less expensive than all of the therapy I would need!

  3. BWAHAHAHAHA! That is hysterical! Technology can be our best friend...or our worst enemy. ;)

    Being Warrior Cat Scourge, Diamond Candle Obsession, Wine-Opoly and Chocolate Fun

  4. LMAOOOO!!! OMG! That is hysterical! Yeah, I can totally see how this could be a gift and a curse.

    Did I mention I'm an absolute hypochondriac? If I should email you randomly with odd medical questions, will you hook me up? ;)

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Great to find a new blog to stalk!

  5. That is classic. I've wondered how doctors find doctors....does that make sense?

    Thanks for linking up with us, I'm looking forward to getting to know you and to reading more humiliating stories!

    Oh, and good luck with Beau Hunk, I read that post first. I feel your pain, I have 2 daughters, 17 and 12...Lord help us!

  6. Lord help us, is right! I'm putting my faith in the Marines and distance!

    Glad to be linked up as well! Welcome!


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