Friday, January 05, 2007

Wandering Through the Medblog Comment Sections

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".

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

In high school I worked on a gardening crew for the school district. A teacher was on the summer crew, and was a highly religious person, constantly trying to convert me. At one point, in a long-forgotten context, he used the term "B.M." I indicated surprise at his crudeness -- he being overtly high-minded. He said it wasn't a crude term, meaning "bowel movement." I said, "Oh wow. I always thought it stood for "butt mud." Which I did. THEN, he was shocked.

Medblog Addict said...

You crack me up.

frectis said...

I assisted a midwife once who was doing a GYN exam on a woman who wanted STD screening and birth control. She went through all the exam stuff, including the vaginal exam and when she removed her fingers she held up her glove and proclaimed her "Clean as a whistle!" I almost died from holding my breath to keep from laughing at her comment which should've been something closer to "everything appears healthy" ;) I thought the woman was going to burst into flame on the spot.

So what does brb mean? I thought it meant be right back in 'net lingo.

Medblog Addict said...

I thought it meant "bright red blood". Maybe I was wrong.

Anonymous said...

Correctimundo!

#1 Dinosaur said...

"Basking in the Glory of Butt Pus"

That would make a cool name for a blog. (Any takers among you surgeons out there?)

Anonymous said...

Y'all are cracking me up.....

Anonymous said...

While I share your affection for "basking in the glory of..." I reckon butt pus is generally a bad thing (places you don't want pus? deffo in my top 3), even if it were laudable pus.

Anonymous said...

Gotta admit though, Dr Shroom, the term does have mega comedy potential.

I'm sure we haven't seen the last of it. MA, you're a comic genius.

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Lynn Price said...

I'm neither doctor, lawyer nor Indian chief, but I've managed to deposit the remainder of my Strawberry fizzie all over my slush pile. Thank you for brigtening this editorial director's day by the, uh, pus loads.

Medblog Addict said...

Yum. I don't know what a strawberry fizzie is, but it sounds good. (I also had to look up "slush pile"). Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Lynn Price said...

"I also had to look up "slush pile"

Sorry 'bout that. I'm so used to corresponding with writers, editing team, distributor sales teams, blah, blah, that I forget there's a whole other world out there. Like doctors and lawyers.

A strawberry fizzie is like a slushie from 7-11, but it tickles the bejabbers out of your nose.

Medblog Addict said...

I'm going on a fizzie hunt this weekend!