January 11, 2017

Gossip.  For years it has been considered salacious and the stuff of idle housewives. Studies out of the University of California, Berkeley, however, are questioning that opinion.

I personally think that a good gossip session is okay once in a while. It can be a release to share a story with a friend (or two) and voice an opinion.

Sometime gossip can be helpful. I was recently at a lunch with some friends and the gossip that came up was about two people that we all knew. As it turns out it wasnt gossip, it was, in fact true.  Had I not brought it up, I would never have know and could have put myself in very uncomfortable situation.

Okay, maybe not a great example…..but you could see my point?

Gossip is a fact of life. Everybody does it whether they admit it or not. So why not just admit it and enjoy it. According to the study done at U of C, Berkeley when people observe somebody behaving in an immoral way it caused frustration. Being able to share that information helped them feel better.

So go ahead and have a good gossip. It will do you good.

Uncomfortable Conversations and Ick

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I’ve been in two awkward positions today.  The first involved drooling and the second involved stirrups.  Ya that’s right, I went to the dentist AND the doctor in the same day.  Double downed on the uncomfortable conversations and general “ick” factor.

Why do dental hygienists ask you questions?  And they’re not just yes or no questions but question that require detailed explanations.

“What kind of activities did your daughter do over Spring Break?”

Questions that may even involve follow up questions.

“Oh, I’ve heard about that camp.  Where did she go and what did she do?”

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Really?  My mouth is wide open and you are scraping crap off my teeth with a wicked sharp hook.  Do you really want me to answer that?

My hope is that some day soon every dental office will have virtual reality goggles for their clients to wear.  So when you are sitting in the waiting room you can flip through a catalogue and chose a scenario for your appointment.  Then when you get into the dentist chair you pop on the goggles and enjoy you 45 minutes of fantasy.  I would pick the tropical vacation.  Lounging on the beach with a cold drink in my hand watching the dolphins play in the surf.  I’m not sure how to shut out the incessant scraping noises but really, that’s just a minor detail.

And why would you want to scrape crap off people’s teeth with a sharp hook.  “Ick.”

Now before I start in on the whole female annual check up trauma.  Let me say this.  I feel for these doctors.  They are the doctors who answer these questions.

 

“Do you know what could have caused this rash on my butt?”

“Can you burn the wart off my sons foot?”

“Is this thing on my kids face infectious?”

And that’s just what I can think of off the top of my head.  I’m sure there are weirder and more disgusting questions asked.  “Ick.”

I guess my question here is who the hell thought that this was a good idea?  Is there no their way to test us?  Something, perhaps, a bit less personal? Less invasive?

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I can’t imagine it’s all that fun for the doctor either.  I don’t know, maybe they learn to do it with their eyes closed.  Maybe they secretly put on virtual reality goggles while they’re doing it and dream of tropical beaches and dolphins.  Or, perhaps, all those years of medical school have dulled their “ick” factor sensors and they just don’t even notice. Or care.

My doctor and I had perfected the art of small talk during this particular part of my annual check up.  But he retired last year and now I have a new doctor that I barely know.  Picture me lying on my back, feet in stirrups humming away to myself trying to think of something to say to a man know that I’ve met twice.

“So, great weather today.”  Nope it’s pouring with rain

“How about those Canucks?”  Nope they didn’t even make it into the playoffs.

I decided just to continue humming and staring at the crack in the ceiling.

All joking aside, I truly admire any individual who enters a profession that deals with people’s health.  The Best Thing in Life is competent medical professionals who help prevent and further “ick” in our lives.