Friday, August 27, 2010

Fashion and medicine

Dr. Grumpy: "Okay, we're done with the EMG. I'm going across the hall to my office. Why don't you toss the paper gown in the trash, put your shirt back on, and meet me over there to discuss the results."

Mrs. Hedinbutt: "It's not a shirt. It's a blouse."

Dr. Grumpy: "Okay. Anyway, after you have it on, come over and..."

Mrs. Hedinbutt: "Don't you even know the difference?"

Dr. Grumpy: "Well a..."

Mrs. Hedinbutt: "For crying out loud! You're a doctor and you can't even tell a blouse from a shirt! How did you get through medical school!"

(long pause)

Dr. Grumpy: "Look. Do you want to go over the EMG results or not?"

Mrs. Hedinbutt: "I don't have time for this. Just send them to Dr. Imed and I'll discuss it with him." (puts on blouse/shirt/vest/tunic/upper body garment/whatever and leaves).

34 comments:

Kim said...

I'm not a doctor, but I do have a BA in psychology. I do not know the difference between a shirt and a blouse, but I am pretty sure this woman is nuts.

Monkey said...

Only old people call it a blouse now. Ask Ms. Grumpy if she knows the difference between the 2.

Jacqueline said...

I second everything Kim said, except I have a BS in Biology. Also, I'm pretty sure this woman is not human (in addition to being nuts, of course) :D

Karen W said...

I agree with Monkey. Only old people call it a blouse. Old, stuffy people.

The "How did you get through medical school" part? Sheesh, clearly you failed the exams on the difference between pants and slacks and shirts and blouses. How dare you call yourself an MD?

bajidc said...

definition of blouse:

Definition:

1. woman's shirt: a woman's shirt


http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/DictionaryResults.aspx?refid=1861591305

Kristin said...

She obviously mistook you for Tim Gunn.

CrownedwithVictory said...

Tim Gunn would be an awesome doctor!

Old MD Girl said...

Is the blouse / shirt issue in any way related to the need for the EMG? Last I heard EMG was not used to diagnose psychiatric illness.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

The presenting complaint was neck and arm pain.

She was definitely a pain in MY neck, but left.

C said...

I'm just a Housewife/Mom/Slave/Washer of everything dirty and I don't give a poop about the damn piece of whatever it is on the top of your body, just put.it.on.

Yes, I may have made that statement (minus the word damn) to my children who argue about every.little.thing.

She must have been 6, please please please tell me she was 6.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Sorry, C. I don't see anyone under 18.

WarmSocks said...

The patient was wrong to address the issue. Even if one knows how to tell the difference between a blouse and a shirt, it's not possible to tell when it's just a folded lump of fabric on a chair/shelf.

Historically, a shirtwaist had buttons at the waist, but a blouse had a drawstring at the waist.

That distinction has been lost, but some others remain. A dress-shirt has buttons on the right and is for men; it also has tails. A blouse has buttons on the left and is for women; a blouse never has tails. Men's casual shirts (straight across the bottom edge) are technically blouses, but we tend to call them shirts. A woman's top is a blouse if it's dressier, but is a shirt if it's more casual or tight-fitting.

I sooo hope you include her irrational response and refusal to go over results when you write to her referring doc.

Cthulhu Sashimi said...

"Look, pal, I didn't spend all that money and go through all that surgery to be a woman just so some idiot doctor could accuse me of wearing a 'shirt!'"

GizmoCat said...

This reminds me of an incident that happened when I took my daughter to a peds appointment many years ago. She was about 3 or 4 at the time. The nurse had just finished measuring height and weight and told my daughter she could put her shoes back on. My daughter then said "Actually, they are sandals." The nurse shot me a look as if she wanted to say 'I have taken too much crap from preschoolers and their insufferable parents today.' Fortunately, my daughter did not question how she'd made it through nursing school.

Anonymous said...

You obviously did the EMG on the wrong part of her body. The electrodes should have been connected to her ears to see if there was any excessive delay in neural activity between the 2 ears.
Or...actually, you don't need an EMG to prove that, do you?

sparkly said...

You cannot make this sh*t up, honestly.

I see dumb people Only they don't know they're dumb.

And driving cars!

Gah.

Anonymous said...

Go take the gown off (it belongs to my medical practice, and the price of your visit did not include it). Come back after putting on whatever you want, though for the sake of professional propriety, I'd prefer you were wearing appropriate attire. If you choose to wear nothing, please, tell Mary to come in here, so I will not be accused of hanky-panky, and we'll discuss the results if you like.

happyporgus said...

"Excuse me? You don't know the difference between a vein and an artery? How can I trust you to tailor this tuxedo for me?!"

ERP said...

Holy Abilify Batman!

C said...

ERP said it best.

Anonymous said...

Poor Dr. Imed!

terri c said...

I hope Mrs. Grumpy got a good laugh out of this one! I imagine if you'd said "blouse" your patient would have wanted you to say "SILK blouse" or something like that. I don't know how much pain she has but she is a carrier for sure!

Ben S said...

Maybe next time you could offer her a paper blouse instead.

Anonymous said...

I bet she was just scared to find out the test results bless her heart.

Anonymous said...

So, I take it we won't be seeing you on Project Runway?



wv: proper. Really.

thepharmmonster said...

haha, at least your patients actually recognize that you went to med school. most of my patients treat me like some college dropout at the register. *sigh*

Kim said...

HAHAHA! Anonymous said 'bless her heart.'! I have to tell you, every time I hear that I have to laugh. I moved from NY to the south 13 years ago, and people down here always say 'bless her heart' or 'bless his heart'. A friend down here told me that when southerners say that, they are really saying 'Wow, what an idiot.'. I cannot hear that phrase without laughing.

arzt4empfaenger said...

What a tard. (I always mix them up, too, or better, I don't care, I'm just wearing the shirts.)

Ellie said...

Kim - It's completely true. Bless her heart is code for "dumbass". I've lived in the south all my life and it usually precedes or follows a tale of John or Jane being a complete toolbag.

So, bless her heart, Dr Grumpy, she just didn't know any better.

Queen Silly Britches said...

What a stuffed shirt!

Dreaming again said...

I've had way too many EMG's (4 to be exact) and to be honest ... my doctor knowing or not knowing fashion was on the bottom of my list of concerns!

geesh!

Rothase said...

@C I'm glad my six year old isn't the only one. Put on your shirt. Shirt, here is the shit. Put it on. It's red, you like red, put it on. I'm going to count to five... one... two... shirt, wear the shirt, three...Put. On. The. Shirt. four... Hello? Put on the shirt!!! We're late! Why will you not put on the shirt!??!

Robert Cortez said...

The difference is quite simple.... it's the spelling :D

hakan altan said...

thank you

 
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