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    Pride, Twinned With Stupidity

    | Montreal, QC, Canada | Employees, Family & Kids, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (This takes place back in the ’60s, before pre-natal exams included ultrasounds. My mom is six months pregnant and goes to see her doctor.)

    Nurse: *to doctor* “Sir, I think I heard a second heartbeat.”

    Doctor: *to nurse, patronizingly patting her on the shoulder* “No, sweetie, that’s just an echo. That’s why I am the doctor!”

    (Flash forward three months, mom is in labour and voila, my sister is born.)

    Doctor: *to my mother* “Don’t go anywhere, there’s another one coming!”

    (Yes, thanks to the doctor’s refusal to listen to a mere female nurse, my mother had precisely three minutes’ notice she was having twins.)

    Young And Fertile Versus Old And Misogynistic

    | Norway | Family & Kids, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I have a skin condition on my hands and feet that is quite bad, so bad that for periods I cannot walk or use my hands at all. I’m at my dermatologist asking to try another type of medicine. My husband already uses this medicine for his arthritis. I’m at this point 22, I’m a woman, and my doctor is a man in his fifties.)

    Me: “So, I really want to try out [Medicine], since what we’ve tried so far hasn’t really helped.”

    Doctor: “I can see that. But, on these medicines, you cannot get pregnant as long as you are on them, and you need to stop them for two years before getting pregnant, as they are harmful to a fetus.”

    Me: “Yes, I know that, because my husband is already on these same medicines. We don’t want children anytime soon, so that is no problem for us.”

    Doctor: “No, I don’t want to give these meds to young, fertile women. You could change your mind about wanting children in a couple of months, and I don’t want to be responsible for you damaging your child.”

    Me: “But, we already know this. My husband has been on these medicines since he was 16. We don’t want children now; we don’t know if we ever want children at all!”

    Doctor: “I don’t give out these medicines to fertile, young women. They can harm a fetus and you’ve got to wait to years after stopping them before you can get pregnant.”

    Me: “I KNOW. But we already HAVE this limit because of my husband. AND we don’t want children now, and maybe never. And that aside, how on earth am I supposed to be able to care for a child when I cannot even walk without help due to my illness?!”

    Doctor: “I don’t give out these medicines to young, fertile women, because they can harm a fetus.”

    (It took me three months to talk him into actually prescribing me the medicines I desperately needed. And in the end I switched to another doctor that’s three hours drive away, just to get someone who was actually willing to help me.)

    A Fevered Response

    | Belgium | Employees, Family & Kids, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (When I was born, I had a reasonable sized birthmark on my belly but the doctors assured my parents it would be gone by the time I was ready for bikinis. While on a trip I suddenly run a fever of 41 degr C/106 degr F. In a panic, my parents go to the nearest doctor.)

    Doctor: *lifting my shirt to start his examination* “Oh, my god, what a birthmark. How old is your daughter?”

    Mum: “Six months. What is wrong with her?”

    Doctor: “You are very bad parents; this should have been taken care of. How will she feel being teased with it?”

    Mum: “We were told it wouldn’t be a problem. Now, how about her fever?”

    Doctor: “This thing is to be surgically removed.”

    Mum: “And I would like her to be alive. What about the fever?”

    (The doctor kept on ranting about my birthmark, ignoring my condition. My parents cut their trip short and drove 150 km to our regular GP. As it happened, five other babies had unexplained high fever. Despite being the smallest and the sickest, I was the only one to be alive the next morning. And by the age of six, my birthmark disappeared as promised, without surgery.)

    Needs A Moral Screening

    | Montreal, QC, Canada | Bizarre/Silly, Employees, Health & Body

    (I have started seeing a gynecologist in order to be prescribed birth control. I still see him annually for renewals and pap smears. My gynecologist is male, which I wouldn’t mind otherwise, but he is very old, old-timey and set in his ways.)

    Gynecologist: “Sex is between a man and a woman, a penis and a vagina. No mouths, no fingers, none of that!”

    (This was on my first visit, after telling him that at the time I had been having frequent UTI’s. I was in a monogamous, heterosexual relationship at the time.)

    The Cut-Throat World Of Medicine

    | Winnipeg, MB, Canada | Employees, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I have a bad sore throat, and thinking that it’s probably strep, which I often get, I decide to visit the local walk-in clinic.)

    Doctor: *takes a look at my throat* “Uh, I think you should get to the emergency room immediately.”

    Me: “What? Why?”

    Doctor:  “Just go. As soon as possible.”

    Me: “But, is it serious?”

    Doctor: “GO!”

    (Naturally, I look up my symptoms on the Internet on the way to the E.R. and am convinced that I have throat cancer. After I’ve waited for hours, the E.R. doctor is finally able to see me.)

    E.R. Doctor: “Why are you here?”

    Me: “I have a very bad sore throat.”

    E.R. Doctor: “WHAT? Are you serious? Why didn’t you just go to a walk-in clinic?”

    Me: “I DID! They sent me here! Can you please tell me what’s wrong?”

    E.R. Doctor: *looking at my throat* “For God’s sake, it’s just strep. Here’s a prescription for antibiotics. Next time, just go to a walk-in clinic rather than wasting my time.”

    (So, I was terrified and wasted most of a Saturday for nothing, and the E.R. doctor obviously thought I was a hysterical hypochondriac. Thanks, walk-in doctor!)


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