My appointments..

I’m back from the proctologist and MRI. As expected, the proctologist appointment wasn’t great. After waiting a bit, I went into a private room where a student nurse told me about the procedure. They gave me a consent form and I didn’t sign it, I wanted to talk to the doctor first. After she left, I waited..and waited..and waited until finally he came in. His English was a bit off and he was impatient. One thing that was bizarre was this conversation:

Me: “I think my tailbone is injured from the sport I used to play where I fell down a bunch of times”

Him: “You think? Or you know? You have to know. How am I supposed to treat you if you don’t know?”

Well gee, what am I supposed to say? Yes, I’m 100% positive that that’s what caused the problem? If that was the case, why should I need to see you twits when I can diagnose myself? Cripes!

He didn’t have much in the personality department. After a little while he lightened up a little bit, but not by that much.

Anyways, I was super nervous and the student nurse (who looked pretty bored the entire time) told me that if I ever wanted the process to stop, I could say stop. He did an exterior and interior ‘gloved’ exam and that was pretty much it for me! They hurt like HELL!

I don’t usually back out of medical (or uncomfortable vanity stuff like waxing) appointments, but after those initial exams, there was no way I was consenting to moving on to freaky proctology equipment. I was still in waaay to much pain from my injury!

Thankfully, the MRI appointment this morning was much better and the people at the hospital more pleasant. The radiologist ran me through the process, asked me a bunch of questions and then I asked her some questions about her job. I took a career questionnaire a few years ago and the career that was most suited to me was radiologist. I’m not sure if I’ll get into that field, but it was nice to get some clarity on what would be involved education wise.

When it was my turn, I was laid down on a board and they put me in a large tube that felt pretty claustrophobic for the first twenty minutes. Then all these noises come on, loud beeps and drilling for about two-three minute intervals, but they were partially muted by headphones they gave me. It lasted for about thirty minutes, the last ten of which I got to listen to the radio through my headphones. The technician informed me that my photos turned out so well that they didn’t need to inject me with radioactive dye. Yay!

So that’s that. Now I just have to wait for the results to go to the doctor at the clinic and we’ll take it from there. I hope its good news!

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27 thoughts on “My appointments..

  1. quackattack

    Not surprised – but sorry to hear – about the Proctologist having a blaaah personality. The GI specialist I saw didn’t have much of one, either.

    … how do you even decide to specialize in Proctology? I have no idea.

    Hope the MRI has some answers for you šŸ™‚

  2. Hella Stella

    That blows. I’m thinking of you! Hopefully they will figure out what the problem is.

    PS, That doctor sounds like an ass, no pun intended.

  3. famethrowa

    Ugh, I’m so sorry to hear that your experience with the proctologist wasn’t a good one. There are a lot of doctors out there with no people skills. You don’t need people skills to get into med school, sadly.

    Have you checked out Rate MDs? (http://www.ratemds.com/social/?q=node%2F28882&sid=58) Before I see a specialist, I try to find a good one and then ask for them by name. As in all professions, there are people who are good at their job and those who are mediocre at their job.

  4. Kate

    That proctologist sounds like a real douche. Maybe he needs a class on bedside manner.

    Good luck with the MRI results — I hope it’s good news, too!

  5. Pauline Post author

    K-Thanks!
    Quackattack-I really think that if you’re going to be a doctor-any kind of doctor-you should really, really like people and have a sense of humor and a great amount of patience. Seems like it would be a hellish career otherwise.
    Hella Stella-Thanks hun. šŸ™‚

  6. Counter Culture Clown

    Fingers in your ass hurts.

    Noted.

    Thanks for the information. As always, informative about the important things. šŸ™‚

  7. Pauline Post author

    Counter Culture Clown-LOL. I like to think that this kind of earth shattering information is what brings people back. šŸ˜‰

    Seriously though, I hope my next post won’t involve my butt. Blogging about my posterior wasn’t what I had in mind when I created this site. (Shocking, I know!)

    So, here’s hoping my bum gets better so I can get back to bitchin’ about other stuff! šŸ˜‰

  8. Pauline Post author

    Famethrowa-This proctologist was a referral from the doctor at the clinic so I didn’t get much choice. I think its hard to have a choice in which physician you get of any kind-specialist or GP.
    I do like that site though, some of the stories are insane!
    Lacochran-He also asked me repeatedly how long I’ve been in pain, like I was deaf or something. Later on he told me that he’s treated hundreds of people. His approach certainly didn’t give that impression!

  9. Pauline Post author

    Kate and Mireille-Thanks! šŸ™‚
    Brad-Yeah, I was pretty happy about that too!
    Get off my lawn-Hmmm…I could go for that too! šŸ˜‰
    Meanie-Nope, no fun at all! You take your back and butt for granted until it decides to crap out on you! So everyone reading this blog, take care of your spine!
    Artman-Aye aye!
    Robin-Many doctors are (insane that is, if only they could meet with the ‘head doctors’ ie shrinks. things would be much better)
    Blueberry-Me too!

  10. XUP

    Owie! Hope they can get to a speedy diagnosis. That’s very peculiar about your ideal profession being a radiologist. I wonder how they arrived at that? Are you still thinking of pursuing that? Do I even know what you do now?

  11. pinklea

    So many medical specialists seem to be jerks, don’t they? It’s like they forget how to deal with real people and their pain as soon as they specialize in some particular area of medicine. Sounds like you escaped pretty quickly, though. And the MRI appears to have been a walk in the park compared to
    Dr. Personality! Here’s hoping for some good results for you!

  12. Pauline Post author

    XUP-I’m not sure how radiologist came up as my ideal profession. I guess I have a lot in common with people who scan body parts for a living. It sounds infinitely more interesting than office work though!
    Kilax-Thanks! It was not the best Saturday I’ve ever had.
    Pinklea-Thank you and yes, there are so many jerk docs out there! Granted there are also some great ones, but the ones that are bad definitely have a “god complex” going on!

  13. Kim Bosch

    I’m still wondering exactly HOW this doctor expected you to KNOW what was causing you this pain? Perhaps things were being lost in translation? Or perhaps he was just being incredibly difficult and annoying.

    Yes, I’ll go with the last one.

  14. Marie

    Ok I’ve missed WAY too much!! I’m so sorry you had an injury and had to go through all this and I’m hoping you will be better soon! Sending you lots of big hugs and many good thoughts your way!

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