Monday, April 14, 2014

How ya doin'?

"It's been a busy year. I had to have all kind of treatments from the eye doctor. A few months ago I had this weird feeling in my eye, and had my friend Jan look at it. She's a librarian at the kids school, so I figured she reads all kinds of stuff. She thought maybe I had a fungus in my eye, and I'd once heard of a guy that happened to on the news, so it seemed like I should treat it. My oldest boy is on the high school football team - they were in the state playoffs last year if you remember - and is always having jock itch with burning and red stuff in his crotch. He has these tubes of fungus cream for it in his bathroom, so I rubbed it in my eye for a few days, but that only made things worse. So I went to the eye doctor and he said the cream wasn't supposed to go in my eye because it damaged something and I had to have all kinds of treatments for it. It really ticked me off because you'd think Jan should know better."

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

The librarian. Ok....

Anonymous said...

Patient's big mistake. He should have consulted with a medical librarian. What is frightening is that this
person has children.

Anonymous said...

These days it's so hard to get good medical advice from people with NO MEDICAL TRAINING. If only we had a group of people who specialized in helping people with medical problems.

PediNP said...

I don't know why he didn't just Google it like all my patients do.

J said...

My doctor? WebMD!

Nurse Lilly said...

Of course, she won't sue the librarian, either.

E. Angelina said...

There is more concern with this than meets the eye, I think.

Anonymous said...

I wonder where that eye has been to get jock itch?

bobbie said...

***sigh***

And he has bred...

Anonymous said...

This patient is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Anonymous said...

You have to figure the instructions printed on the cream tube/ bottle would have said to avoid getting it in the eyes......

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Sheesh. Everyone knows you go on Craigslist forums first.

Don said...

Heh,

I had to reread this. I thought Grumpy had the eye problems. I laughed about stubborn doctor treating himself

RehabRN said...

Everyone consults Dr. Google first, although, this character didn't.

I'm surprised he didn't rub disinfectant/bleach/etc. in his eyes to kill the fungus, since they clean wrestling mats with it. (logic can be a dangerous thing used inappropriately).

Anonymous said...

Obviously, he used the jock itch cream when he should have used the athlete's foot cream.

Anonymous said...

"The eye doctor also recommended 'A Wrinkle in Time' and 'The Phantom Tollbooth.'"

Zayrina said...

I am but a lowly LPN. No one outside of health care understands the limitations associated with that license. I try not to even tell anyone I am a nurse because the next thing you know I hear someone say, "Hey you're a nurse, right?" followed by the inevitable MD level medical question and a request for advice and a diagnosis.

I do sort of get my situation, but a librarian. Mother of God.

Packer said...

Last night I stopped at big book store on my way home and I spied out of my good eye Harper's Magazine which had a great article about being your own best doctor. It had a lot of stuff about how to communicate with your doctor, but precious little about putting Ben Gay or any other such stuff in your eye. Go figure.

Anonymous said...

I'm a pharmacist. Even I would recommend 'A Wrinkle in Time' and 'Phantom Tollbooth' and I absolutely thrilled each time I reread 'The Witch of Blackbird Pond' in elementary school. Too bad, the patients ask the person out front dusting the shelves all the good questions, which is why the Head-On is on an end-cap, where someone from the deli (in uniform) passing by can point out easily.

Veronica Reilly said...

I can only IMAGINE the pain this caused him by doing something so stupid! Holy cow! My eyes hurt just thinking about it!

 
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