Before I got married and became a glamorous housewife and mother of two, I worked at a doctor's office. I was a
I was nineteen and fresh out of school when I started working there.
Each morning I was responsible for helping the patients get ready for their physicals. I would check their vision, take their blood pressure, draw their blood, check their weight, then walk them to the bathroom and ask them to leave us a sample.
Now, you have to understand, when people come to the doctor, they are usually very nervous. You have to be careful to speak in words that are very clear, so as not to
One morning as I was escorting a patient to the bathroom, one of the doctors overheard me say to the patient, "Okay, Mrs. So and So, now all I need you to do is pee in a cup for me, and then you'll be ready to see the doctor."
As I was heading back to the lab for my next
He looked at me very seriously and said, "Amy, would you please not use words such as 'pee' with the patients. It is very unprofessional!"
I thought for a moment and I asked him, "What words would you suggest I use?"
He replied, "You should ask them to void, or leave a specimen for you. That would sound much better."
So I looked at him and said, "Doctor, if I ask the patients to void or leave a specimen, they will probably *doo-doo in the cup!"
His response to that was simply to sigh and walk away.....
Later that morning, just to prove to him that I was
As I walked by his office, I looked at him and smiled, as I said to the patient, "Mr. So and So, now all I need for you to do is void a specimen in a cup for me."
The doctor just
One of the phrases I say all the time is "I hate knowing everything!" :)
This was no exception.
When I went back to the bathroom to retrieve the specimen that I had asked Mr. So and So to void....what do you think I found? That's right....a cup full of *doo-doo. Imagine the embarrassment I felt when I had to go to Mr. So and So's exam room and explain to him (in a professional manner) that I needed him to pee in a cup for me.
Doctors really should let their employees handle these professional matters. I'm just saying is all.
*I apologize to any readers who may have been offended by the use of the word doo-doo in this post. But in my defense, I was only nineteen when this story took place, and my brother was seven years old at the time. Doo-Doo was unfortunately a common household word at that time in my life. Of course, I would never use a word like that now. Ever. Seriously.