I don’t know if anyone else does this, but I read all of the comments on all of the medblogs. Even if a particular post is way over my clueless layperson head, I will still check out the comment section. And I will keep going back to read all of the new comments.
I am having a serious case of writer's block (or is it called blogger's block?). Someone said to just "write through it". Easier said than done. Because I can't think of anything original to write, I thought I would just share some of my favorite comments with you.
The first three come from my favorite surgeon (thank you Dr. Schwab).
1. "When a med student, a classmate of mine was on OB, went to the ER to do a “consult.” (yeah, right: blunder around until the resident arrived.) After doing the pelvic, still wedged in, as it were, he decided it was time to remove his wedding ring from where he’d tied it into his scrubs. (What else is there to do, really?) As he was absently untying his pants, he happened to look up at the lady who, horrified, was trying to scoot out of the stirrups and scuttle away. Bad call." (this one made Diet Coke come out of my nose when I read it)
2. "I realize it's not exactly the gist of your post, but this puts me in mind of a (hopefully true) story one of my fellow military docs told me (for only in the military might you conceivably try such a thing).
In doing prostate exams, the story goes, this doc would have the patient lean forward onto the exam table, and insert his finger while standing. For certain selected patients, he'd have a medic hidden behind a screen. He'd place his left hand on the patient's left shoulder, insert his right index finger in the anus, and then the medic, who'd have slipped quietly into the room, would place HIS right hand on the patient's right shoulder...."
3. Dr. Schwab’s thoughts on the spray on condom—
"I'd read about the spray-on, too. Tried to imagine the process, who'd be in charge, whether the act would be, uh, deflating in any way and if so, how, uh, forgiving would the substance be during reinvigoration."
4. A comment made by Dr. Dork after reading one of Dr. Schwab’s comments re: brb per rectum — "Damn surgeons and their rectums..."
(I am very glad Dr. Dork is back. And I'm also rather impressed with myself that I knew what brb was without having to look it up.)
5. I can’t remember where I read this, but it made me giggle. Butt pus. Heh.
"I too am a medical student and while talking to the head trauma surgeon, he somehow got on the subject of butt pus and I endured about 20 minutes of the most vividly colored stories I had ever heard. I'm glad that other people are basking in the glory of butt pus."
I liked that one so much, I almost named this post "Basking in the Glory of Butt Pus".