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Mar. 7th, 2011 01:48 pm
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I totally forgot; I have a physical today. First one...ever. I am not looking forward to it.

grah.

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Date: 2011-03-07 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ook.livejournal.com
Good luck!

I wonder if you'll get a nurse assisting the doctor or one of those medical student trainees. I found the past few years that every doctor seems to use the trainees (which I found to be annoying as they don't know very much -- plus you usually get a male trainee and I prefer having a female).

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Date: 2011-03-07 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valis2.livejournal.com
I don't even know what they do in a physical! I'm such a doofus in these matters.

And yes, this office definitely has medical student trainees. In fact, last time I was there, one of them couldn't get a blood pressure cuff to work. :(

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Date: 2011-03-07 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ook.livejournal.com
Ugh. I realize that students NEED to learn but it gets kind of annoying when they don't know how to do basic procedures. I really only expect to deal with student trainees when I go to a hospital/clinic that is specifically attached to a medical school (and usually you get some sort of discounted price because of that). If I'm paying "full price" I want a nurse. >:(

When I went to the "free" hospital for poor folks a few years ago, I got used to having 2 or 4 trainees sitting in on my examinations. Since it was "free" then I had no room to complain (and I got excellent medical care).

BTW, unless you are getting a pelvic exam, feel free to keep your panties on. But you'll still have to wear the dopey exam gown. If you are uncomfortable (like if they want you to walk out of the room for some reason), ask for a 2nd gown. You wear one around the back and one around the front. :)

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Date: 2011-03-07 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valis2.livejournal.com
*deep breath* Okay, I'm out the door! Thanks for the advice!

(And it's that time of the month so I am definitely keeping the panties on, lol.)

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Date: 2011-03-07 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ook.livejournal.com
Hmmmm...looks like you may have missed my last comment. I wish you luck and you need to post an update later on. :)

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Date: 2011-03-07 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valis2.livejournal.com
It was okay, except I ended up getting a chest x-ray. Probably because I mentioned my occasional "heart-skips-a-beat" moments. And I have to back for bloodwork. I hate bloodwork. I mean, I don't mind the blood draw itself; it's just the dizziness and spacy feeling I get for the rest of the day or two after. :(

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Date: 2011-03-07 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schemingreader.livejournal.com
I have been having a freakout about my annual physical, and I've had them before. Here's what Dr. Google says to expect:

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/annual-physical-examinations

In my experience, they will weigh you (unless you ask them not to do that) measure your height, take your blood pressure, and probably take blood for a cholesterol check and some other blood work. (Ask to make sure you get HDL and LDL comparison, otherwise the number is less useful IMHO.) They will listen to your heart (all of previous are related to risk for heart disease.) You will probably have a breast exam and a pelvic exam with a pap smear. This is all to make sure someone knows whether you're at risk for heart disease and common cancers. They should also take a history in which they ask about this stuff in your family.

Referring to [livejournal.com profile] ook's comment above: you never have to have a trainee with your practitioner if you don't want one. If there is a medical duckling with your doctor or RN, and you don't like the look of the scurvy dog, and they don't automatically ask you whether it's OK for the trainee to be there, just tell them it's not. (Politely, because you're a very nice person, I know!)

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Date: 2011-03-07 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valis2.livejournal.com
I have a bit of nervousness about this sort of thing, mostly associated with my terror of doing-the-wrong-thing, but I also hate having my blood drawn; not because of the procedure, which I don't think anyone is fond of, but because later I'll be tired and dizzy and useless. :(

I think I might ask to defer the "female" part of the exam; my sister has an ob/gyn she's recommending, and I'll just see her instead for that sort of thing.

And damn, I wish I'd prepared for the medical history questions. I always forget who had what. :(

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Date: 2011-03-07 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schemingreader.livejournal.com
You can't do the wrong thing. You're the patient. I think the point of the annual physical is to get you in the door and collect data--and then they give YOU the data. Right? You find out your blood pressure and so on.

If you're going to see an ob/gyn for a pap and pelvic, you could just have all the other stuff done at that appointment. It's not like you need a PCP to noodge you about your weight, which seems to be the main point of a physical.

(Anyone can do that. Call my mom, she can do it for you and she won't even charge. OK, she only has a PhD, not an MD, but it's free! I'm sure it will be JUST as salubrious as having a doctor do it, too.)

The RN in an ob/gyn practice can do all the other stuff, take your vital signs, and so on.

They aren't going to draw that much blood--it's not like donating. It's just a little bit. You can always refuse to have any test, but at that point, without the pelvic and the blood test, you might as well get on your scale at home and say, "huh, here's how much I weigh. Am I walking? Eating vegetables? Go me."

(I don't want to talk myself out of the physical, but I'm close to it...)

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Date: 2011-03-07 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valis2.livejournal.com
grah!~

Now I wonder why I even made the appt, if I could have just had it all done at the ob/gyn.

*sigh*

I hate canceling now; it's so late, and they're way backed up on physicals.

And I really need to have it done, honestly. If I schedule one with the ob/gyn, I'll have to wait another month or two.

So now I'm trying to make myself feel better about going. Yes, I should go. *nodnod*

lol!

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Date: 2011-03-07 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schemingreader.livejournal.com
It will be fine. You'll find out that you're very healthy, that's my prediction.

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Date: 2011-03-07 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valis2.livejournal.com
What I'm very much hoping for is that he knows a good specialist to help with my PCOS. *crosses fingers* And I really do hope I am very healthy in every other way! :)

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Date: 2011-03-15 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schemingreader.livejournal.com
I never wrote to ask you how this went. How did it go?

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Date: 2011-03-15 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valis2.livejournal.com
It was a little scary, and yep, I did a couple things wrong; I need Detailed Instructions in all things, lol. But it was okay. And I went for the bloodwork today, so I'll know more in the next couple days. I will definitely keep you posted. :)

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Date: 2011-03-15 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schemingreader.livejournal.com
Wow, I'm just totally stymied by what you could do wrong! Fascinating.

I found out today that I don't need to see my PCP for referrals. (I called the health insurance help desk.) I'm still going to follow through on the physical, even though I feel silly doing it, just to prove I can or something.

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Date: 2011-03-15 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valis2.livejournal.com
lol. I had forgotten about it, and forgot to shave my legs, and I needed to take off my pants. I do not mean like, forgot for a week. I do not shave my legs in the winter, and I have a hormonal issue, so I have lots of thick black hair on my legs (well, compared to most women). Also, I put the top gown thing on the wrong way and I put the sheet on wrong too. And I got confused about the chest x-ray and...I suppose it's all little stuff, but I just am hopeless in a new situation without lots and lots of detailed instruction. lol.

And yeah, turns out this physical was useless; I could have had all of this done by the ob/gyn I am planning on seeing. Ah well.

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Date: 2011-03-07 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ook.livejournal.com
Just go to the exam, but you can decide (depending on how you like the doctor, nurses, trainees) if you want them pokin around in your bits. I find it's better to get a ob/gyn (preferably a female) do the pelvic exam stuff. I like females because I feel they have a better "grasp" (har) of the female pubic region. :)

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Date: 2011-03-07 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sylvadin.livejournal.com
That 'tired dizzy' feeling after having blood drawn can sometimes be caused by being mildly dehydrated. Trying drinking 2-3 cups of water several hours before you have the vampire squad tap you. It might help...

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Date: 2011-03-07 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valis2.livejournal.com
Ah, excellent! I will remember this for next week, when I go in. *hugs* Thank you so much! :)

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