• Don't you just love it when

    Asked by CAS1 on Thursday, April 4, 2013

    Don't you just love it when

    You go into your appointment and the nurse start in with: Have you ever drank alcohol or done Illegal drugs?

    I always respond with: Well since my DX of LC I have seriously been considering doing both..Do you have any suggestion on where I can get really good cheap drugs and alcohol around here.?

    It always catches them off guard and then they bust out laughing.

    I then say: Well I have never done either and just look at where it got me..

    Might as well start in on them both now,,I mean what can it hurt? Right...Geez...what will happen?? will I get cancer? It dosn't pay to be the good girl..so might as well get out there and live it up.

    16 Answers from the Community

    16 answers
    • carm's Avatar

      You are too funny!! We had a young male patient that would fly in every three weeks for his lung cancer treatments and everytime he did, there was always cocaine in his system. It does happen and as a nurse you have to ask. Sometimes in end of life care I feel stupid asking youngsters how they feel about their impending demise. I have to brace myself for that barrage of expletives that follow that question, but it is the only way I can get that dialogue moving along. Thanks for that chuckle, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar

      Love it, Cas1! I like to mess with them too, we get little enough fun at a medical appointment. They ask the question, "how would you rate your overall health?" with great seriousness. Huh? You're kidding, right? I get them laughing, might as well have some fun, unless they are very new at the job and you don't want to upset them. Then they ask how I'd rate my mental health, and off we go again. By the time they leave, we are buddies, and then the dr. comes in and the fun can be over pretty quick. But it was great while it lasted.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      I gotta tell you the ones doing all the drugs, drinking and other things seems to be so pickled noting will grow inside of them not even cancer. Here I am doing all the healthy things right and bang. So you see none of us ever know what tomorrow brings. My Onc nurse who I just loved was DX with BC just after I completed Chemo..So we just never ever know whats round the corner good or bad for any of us.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Fast dog you got that right...Love it. Those Dr's can really ruin a party.

      I gained 30 pounds on steroids..My Dr's fellow ( Who I love and is wonderful) comes in and says "Hows your appetite"
      I say: When exactly did you loose your eye sight? He busts out laughing.

      I tell my 3 Indian Dr's that we eat Indian food all the time because we are hoping it will increase our I.Q's. I mean look at what it did for them.
      They laughed so hard it brought tears.

      Its the only way I get through this stuff.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      CAS1 - Are we twins, separated at birth? I LOVE it! Thanks for letting us hear about this!

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      That must be a standard question that gets asked. I had oral surgery a month or so ago and they asked the same thing, along with had I ate anything. I told them not since about 8 that morning when I smoked what pot I had left, ate some Arbys on the way up to the hospital and had to wash it down with some leftover bud that was in my car. I try to do that as serious as I can without laughing, the room comes to a stop for a few minutes.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      LOL, I know exactly how you feel. Do you get ask that each appointment, or only when you see a new doc? you know that dash they have on some forms after "sex?" I have been known to fill it in with "yes, as often as possible"

      over 3 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      CAS1, you are hilarious! What a quick wit and a great sense of humor you have : )

      over 3 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      Love it! When they would ask me that, I would always say "not enough, I think."

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I get that question every time. I find it insulting.

      over 3 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      My favorite question is "any recent changes in your medical history" Ummm.....yeah...I have cancer!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      I love the question "Can you be pregnant"?
      I say not after all of the stuff you guys have done to me..But hey,,you interested in trying?

      You should see some of these young good looking guys blush..I say it right in front of my husband.

      One really good looking young Docotor came in and started asking me lots of questions then at the end I looked at him and said "Don't you want me to take my top off" and winked at him.

      My husband just started shaking his head..The young Doctor turned so darn red in the face we all started laughing our heads off..Now when I see him in the hospital I wink at him and he has the biggest grin.

      Hey,,if I am dying I might as well be remembered....

      over 3 years ago
    • CherylS@StF's Avatar

      Love you humour CAS1 it's a beautiful attribute to have and comes in handy when going through this thing called life.

      over 3 years ago
    • MRoadrunner's Avatar

      Yup, I can relate. My oncologist asked if I'd had any nausea. I replied that I haven't. She said to let her know if I did and they could prescribe something. I reminded her they had given me scrips for compazine and zofran when I was discharged from the hospital, and I said, "I also have some killer weed" and without cracking a smile she said "Good, because we don't prescribe that here."

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      So I am thinking of starting a club called "Cancer cougars".

      Our mission is to make every young cancer fellow-intern blush..to leave them with an unforgetable image in their mind of "Cancer folks who are courageous and not afraid to say whats on their minds"..Yup,,I am going to warn these young'ins that I am a Cancer Cougar and my goal is to make them blush...

      So bring your intrusive questions ..I don't mind..I have a few for you too....Let's see who wins!!!


      over 3 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar

      I think it is great you have such a good sense of humor. Its the only way to make it a more tolerable experience. Humor can lighten the mood very quickly.

      over 3 years ago

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