Hey Docs out there! What if your patients found out about your most embarrassing moment from college? What if they saw a picture of it? I was watching and listening to one of my favorite technology shows over the weekend called “The Tech Guy” with tech journalist Leo Laporte.
In the brief video here, you’ll see the host take a call from an attending physician. The caller stated that back before medical school, he posed for PlayGirl magazine and now some of those pics are showing up on websites and the caller was trying to figure out how to have them taken down. It sounds like the pictures were taken in the pre-internet days. For the full exchange, click here and fast forward to the time 13:21hrs on the clock behind the host.
This call opened up the larger issue of Online Reputation which has been talked about in Health Care Social Media circles for a long time. But, it is interesting seeing what this non-medical tech journalist (and the caller) says about it: Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Family Medicine Rocks Blog*
April is “Embarrassing Subject Month” for my podcast. I am covering the following problems:
- Digestive problems (constipation/diarrhea)
- Urinary incontinence
- “Male problems”
It should be fun, and it will be promoted on iTunes, so it should drum up more subscribers and downloads.
But it begs the question: Why are certain conditions embarrassing to people? Why can people open up to me about so many personal things, yet be embarrassed to discuss hemorrhoids? Why is it easier to talk about your marriage falling apart than your urinary “accidents?” Why is diarrhea more embarrassing than vomiting? Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Musings of a Distractible Mind*
Last night after work, I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a few things on my way home. The place was post-work packed.
I was wearing a dress with a bit of a busy print, and loud, clacking heels, so I wasn’t really a shrinking violet. But it wasn’t a big deal to be a bit over-dressed for grocery shopping – I was just running in and running out as quickly as I could.
I go to the produce section and fill my cart with a few items, then I remember that Chris asked me to get fruit. So I went over to the selection of apples, which had apparently just been refilled, as they were piled high. High as in like two dozen levels of red, shiny apples. With a plastic bag in my hand, I reached out and grabbed an apple. And then another.
And then I reached for a third.
Which must have been precariously placed.
As every apple in the stack came tumbling towards me. Like in a cartoon.
“OOOOH!” I yelled, whipping my arms around like a windmill in effort to stop the avalanche.
“OOOOH!” I yelled, as I pressed myself against the side of the shelving to keep the apples from hitting the floor, letting them pile up against me instead.
“OOOOH!” I yelled as the apples created a slope against my body and then starting falling faster from the tower, rocketing off my shoulder and flying high into the air.
“OOOOH!” The woman a few feet away yelled, as an apple ricocheted off the shelving and landed in her cart.
I was dying of embarrassment. The apples were hitting the floor with a loud thunk and people were staring and the grocery store produce guys were running over, trying to help, but their laughter rendered them useless.
“Oh my God, please make this stop. Please, can you just make the apples stop their onslaught!” I pleaded, my arms filled with fruit.
The produce guy closest to me tried to stem the flow of apples, but it was fruitless. These apples were powered by inertia and determined to make a spectacle of me.
“Miss, you need to step away from the apples so we can clean them up. Can you move back a few steps?”
“If I move, all the ones I’m holding will fall. And then I will die of shame.” I tried to talk without moving my mouth, as to not further enrage the apples.
The produce guy tried to hide his laughter. “Miss, step away from the apples. I’m ready to deal with them. In three … two … one …”
I moved back and all the apples I was holding in my arms tumbled to the ground with a SMACK. A sea of large, red marbles on the tile floor. My face was as red as an … well, you can guess.
“Can I help you clean up? Or can I go? Can I just walk away and pretend this didn’t happen?”
“Run, lady. You might want to run.”
I fumbled for my purse and my grocery cart and tried to eek away gracefully (as gracefully as one can, with loud heels and a noticeable dress), turning my ankle on an apple only once. People were smirking and laughing, and one old man started to applaud.
I left the grocery store, my face on fire and laughing to myself. I called my mother from my car and told her the story through my embarrassment and tears of laughter.
“I think I’m channeling Grammie,” I said.
“Oh Kerri … you’re right,” my mother laughed. “Grammie was known for wearing platform shoes in the grocery store and falling over at the deli counter. And you know what? I wore platform shoes to the deli counter when I was your age and I fell over, too! It’s hereditary!”
Note to self: Do not buy platform shoes.
*This blog post was originally published at Six Until Me.*