Bedside Humor & Horror

angeld1Having a doctor with a good bedside manner is important. In fact, many times I have chosen to find another physician because the way I was treated by the current doctor was not to my liking. On the other hand, I have had many physicians that took bedside manner way too far, and became much too friendly. There is a fine line between too much and too little, and today you get to hear some of the more outlandish examples of both.

Now, bedside manner does not just apply to doctors proper, it can apply to technicians and assistants as well. One person I met who stuck with me happened to be a technician for my nerve conduction test. For those of you who are not familiar with that particular test, let me explain it for you. A nerve conduction test is given to determine if the nerves in a certain part of your body are working properly. In order to do this, they have to stimulate the nerves on one end, and detect if the nerve signal reaches the other end of the nerve. Well, detecting the signal at the end is easy, it just requires a pad placed on the skin. Transmitting the signal, however, is not quite as un-intrusive. Transmission requires a long knitting-needle like device inserted into the part of the body in question, and then electric shocks are conducted into said device. Sounds more like a Cambodian P.O.W. camp torture device, I know.

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