• QUESTIONS FUN by TicklingCancer

    Asked by ticklingcancer on Friday, April 5, 2013

    QUESTIONS FUN by TicklingCancer

    @CAS1, you inspired this post.

    Everyone gets asked the same questions over and over again every time you go to the Dr. Do you have a favorite question that the Dr's or nurses ask you? What is your response? For me:

    "Any recent changes in your medical history"

    You mean besides cancer?

    18 Answers from the Community

    18 answers
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Went to my PCP for an ear infection a couple weeks ago. Nurse at the office: "Could you be pregnant?" First, I'm 48 years old. Second, I think the hysterectomy might preclude pregnancy... And I KNOW that my PCP is getting copies of all my reports from both medical & surgical oncologists...

      almost 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Ha...Ha...... Oh yeah my Radiation nurse turns to me after all my 1 year of treatments and says so "How are you feeling, any depression" I say..Oh no,,I feel so good..In fact I have a party every three months at scan time because i am just so darn excited to come in and find out if I am dying.

      So why on Earth would I possibly be depressed???????????????????????? I had no symptoms and my first little cold in 8 years and then bam........who me depressed??????????

      And if I were depressed do you have Radiation for that?

      She dosn't ask me that question any more.

      almost 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Most frequently overheard question was, "Do you have a port?" If someone had a port, they said yes. If someone didn't have a port, I enjoyed the puzzled look on their faces. A what?

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Do you mean questions asked by a live person or those on the forms you have to fill our over and over and over .....

      New nurses and/or techs ask me "have you ever had this procedure before?" I say "this is the first time today" I wish they would look at my history or at least my form, which indicates that I've had MRIs, CT, Bone scans, every 3 months for for the last 4 years.

      One's that I've seen before ask me how I am doing.

      almost 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      And how about the medication questions??????
      I took one pain pill at the start of my treatment..Oh my gosh..Now every time I go in they ask me..Are you still on this pain medication? 50 times i have said I took it ONCE........One time....Uno.........Once.............
      WTH??? Geez..dare not take a pain tab as you will be mae out to be on it 24/7.

      Yes the Port question is a good one.

      And yes, the Pregnancy question...If they are good looking ask them if they would like to try and see if you could get pregnant. Really...

      Maybe we should make a big list of the answers to the questions and hang it round our neck.
      I could sell a little holder on QVC.............

      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I have two, First is their question "Why are you here"? ummm you told me to come back and see you in 4 months, soooooo....

      Second, is their response to a question I ask. If I say, I'm getting these cramps in my neck all the time. The standard answer is "well, you've been through a lot, and those sort of things will happen" No matter what the question I ask, if they don't really know, that is the standard response. I think they train the docs to use that one.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      After my hysterectomy..(age 45). I went in to have my final checkup with the gynecologist.... They said I had to talk to someone for just a momment in "Accounts Payable"... I went in and sat down and she said..." The insurance company has changed what they cover on deliveries... thus if you have a boy... the circumsision will not be covered." I just stared at her. She looked back and asked if I understood.... I told her the words were quite clear... but I'd just had a hysterectomy....... She couldn't appologize enough...

      almost 4 years ago
    • KimmieJo's Avatar
      KimmieJo

      Greg - I can relate to your comment about responses from doctors. I will ask my oncologist about pain and I hear "oh, that can't be a side effect of your chemo" - see your GP and have him check it out. Then I go to my GP and I hear "oh, that's a well known side effect of the type of chemo you are on"! Frustrating! I also get the standard answer that "everybody is different and you just have to expect these things to crop up". I know that things "crop up" but it would be awesome if just once I heard a definite answer and a plan to take care of the issue. All in all I really am very fortunate that I do not have loads of problems after chemo - this is just a small pet peeve! :)

      almost 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      After my hysterectomy..(age 45). I went in to have my final checkup with the gynecologist.... They said I had to talk to someone for just a momment in "Accounts Payable"... I went in and sat down and she said..." The insurance company has changed what they cover on deliveries... thus if you have a boy... the circumsision will not be covered." I just stared at her. She looked back and asked if I understood.... I told her the words were quite clear... but I'd just had a hysterectomy....... She couldn't appologize enough...

      almost 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar
      Lirasgirl33

      My PCP asks me after reviewing my x-ray "Did you know you have a device on your left upper chest?" .....ummmm yeah, my power port, remember? I have cancer and get chemo.

      While getting an EKG the nurse says "You've lost a lot of weight. Are you on a diet?" .....No, is the only thing that came out of my mouth. I wanted to say....Yeah! I'm on a chemo diet, remember?

      My chemo doctor every now and then asks me if I've experienced any irregularity or pain with my menstrual cycle. I have to remind him of my hysterectomy.

      And oh yes! Seems like any pain is a "side effect of chemo". I am fortunate however that my doctor will order all kinds of tests and if those tests come back showing nothing....then he says it's a side effect of chemo. :D lol

      almost 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar
      SpunkyS

      Every 3 weeks the infusion nurse asks me a series of questions (pain, nausea, change in bowel habits - - you know the drill) and then asks about energy level to which I reply "10). They look at me quizzically. What they mean is what is my fatigue level, not my energy level.

      almost 4 years ago
    • rjtom's Avatar
      rjtom

      It drives me crazy when the doctor says things like, "Why are you here today?", "When was your last CT Scan?" . HELLO, you're my doctor, perhaps you should look at my file!

      almost 4 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar
      fastdog

      My personal fave is when they ask how my health has been, and tick off the first couple of answers - "excellent?" "Good?" with a big, bright smile. errrr, the record says I have cancer. Then, although I have checked the medications I actually take on their paper, the medical assistant lists them all again verbally, and there are about a thousand. I take three. But, they have all the stuff I took after surgery and during chemo, that they don't want to remove from their list in case I have to take them again. Hey Cas1, maybe we could all go into business together, making up a sheet we can just hand over. But, you know what? They would still want us to fill out "their" official form and answer "their" verbal questions.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar
      SMT4

      My favorite is their timing of asking :-/ I always seem to get the questions I think are important once they start the nasal endoscopy. How am I suppose to talk with them tickling my vocal cords.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Okay, Okay....I get it!
      But speaking as a nurse, my favorite response to asking how the patient feels has always been, "With My Hands!" If I had a Nickel for everytime I heard that one!

      almost 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      And the screaming in the face..like your deaf..My Dr's are all soft spoken and many of the nurses but the staff for Radiology and other services..Wow..I have just looked at them and said..Does my chart say I am deaf? Why then are you screaming.

      Only people who have been though this battle really understand the difficult journey.

      almost 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      This isn't exactly a question but I'm tired of the nurses in the infusion center raving in high-pitched voices about how cuuuuute my post chemo hair looks. Really? If you like it so much why don't you get a 1" buzz cut for yourself?

      almost 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      A couple of you kind of mentioned this. I love it when they say "how are you feeling". This usually isn't that bad of a question but when I received chemo it was 5 days in a row for close to 8 hours. I would see the Dr every Monday. So he comes in after my first WEEK of chemo as says..."how are you feeling" Like XXX Doctor....Thanks for asking...lol. I love my Dr though.

      almost 4 years ago

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