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The trouble with all this medical complexity is that I think medical stuff is BORING.

I don't care! I didn't study science at school because it bored me. Ergo, I was never planning to do medicine.

I find the history of medicine kind of interesting, but only from a sociological/anthropological point of view. And doing fieldwork in medical anthropology because you've got no damn choice in the matter takes the gloss off it quite frankly. If I was ever to do fieldwork, I'd far rather be hanging out in giant trash heaps and learning about the lives of garbage sorters.

My main gripe with today's doctor was he was actually interested in my medical history, which I find incredibly dull and don't want to think about anymore. He had some cool sculptures in his rooms that I would have preferred to talk about, hoping to do so next time I see him. (And yeah, they were sculptures and not arcane pieces of medical equipment, I know this because they were labelled with the artist's name, the title, and a brief explanation.)


Incidentally, if you ever find yourself stuck in a waiting room and the inevitable giant TV set is _not_ on, it means I was there. :)


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Oct. 29th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
I'm incredibly lucky that I am a giant science geek and had a bunch of medical knowledge before I got sick ... Dunno if I ever showed you but there is a hilarious photo of me at twelve years old holding my youngest brother who was just a few days old. On my lap along with the swaddled baby is. A giant midwifery book open to the very last bit ... I hadn't finished it when he was born so of course I kept reading!

I must have been a weird kid :)
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Oct. 30th, 2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
Oh now there's a thought! I do have a camera, maybe I will.

Actually I'm not being entirely truthful - I was interested in medical stuff from a non-medical perspective (hence social work and some of my other studies, I guess), but I'm over it now. Waaay over it.
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Oct. 30th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, I call it a 'finger'. :)

(But I think I should get a proper one for tellies that are too high, or for when I'm too knackered to move.)
Oct. 30th, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
I too have been known to turn off the telly, but sometimes they're mounted high up so we can't reach, and my TV-B-Gon broke and I should get a new one. (Also, I tolerate it showing not too loud children's telly if there are kids in the room.)

I have taken to bringing a typed copy of my history for them to read so as to dodge some of the duller bits. Ideally I could email it to them beforehand, if I ever have a doctor that technologically advanced.
Oct. 30th, 2013 12:55 pm (UTC)
I should get me one of those.

I generally don't actually do it if there are other people around lest it cause confrontation, unless it's me and one or two others who are clearly not paying attention.

And the history thing - this guy caught me by surprise. I really thought it was going to be very straightforward. And it's a while since I've done one - but I guess it would be a good time to pull everything together so I can start doing it again. And if it's not needed, I can just take it home.
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