Sitting in an examination room…

…waiting for a doctor to deign to gift me a moment of his time. Still no guarantee I’m going to get the prescription which is the only reason I came.

I got a kick out of this…

Has anyone ever considered filling this form out truthfully in the entire history of bureaucratized healthcare? Asking for a friend.

I really hate this. I’m a cedar rat: you have your idea of personal space and I have mine, but mine is measured in miles and involves firearms.

More later, no doubt.

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14 Responses to Sitting in an examination room…

  1. Eric says:

    I have never seen a form like this. It’s almost like they want to find something wrong with you so that they can try and meddle in your life.

  2. WJW says:

    I don’t know if they started giving me the form when I hit fifty or that age coincided with some change that instituted the forms but I’ve been getting them yearly or any visit to a new doc. I think the comment I wrote on the last one was I was only depressed when sitting in the lobby 30 minutes after my appointment time.

  3. SLee says:

    Been answering this questionnaire at each visit for at least 5 years, along with the “does your man beat you” questionnaire. Ridiculous…

  4. TK421a says:

    This is similar to the form I get to fill out annually for my doctor. In addition to what’s on your form, I have to answer if I own any guns. I’ve gotten very good at looking at the doctor right in the eye and telling him “Of course I don’t own any guns, they scare me.” 😈

  5. Ken Hagler says:

    I’ve never seen this either, but then I haven’t been to a doctor for at least ten years. If I ever do see one, I’m writing “None of your damned business!” in big letters all across the page.

  6. Wayne Dygert says:

    So happy to see my government taking proactive steps to forestall the endemic abuse of prosthetic limbs by making them prescription only items. Obviously unlicensed use of such dangerous devices would pose a serious threat to pubic (sp?) safety.

  7. Ken Hagler says:

    There’s a famous saying: Government is good at one thing: It knows how to break your legs, hand you a crutch, and say, “See, if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk.”

    Apparently someone in the government heard it and thought, “Hey, that’s a good idea.”

  8. Congrats on getting an appointment in a timely manner. Around here it seems to take a month or more to get in to see a doc.

  9. Joel says:

    Well, this is the local po-folks clinic in a county with lots of po folks. Technically I could have walked in at any time if I was prepared to wait for hours. I was surprised to get an actual appointment on such short notice, though, like you say.

  10. Paul says:

    Yeah…. since I have been covered with the Medicare thing the last couple of years I get that form or something like it each year. They dropped the “gun” question thing a few years ago here in my area on Doctor visits but my former Doc used to check “no” on that part of the form for me and then we would discuss what load worked best between a 4″ and 6″ .357 and he favored a slightly hotter load than I did.

    Good luck with the process and just keep breathing and count to… well, whatever when they try your patience and remember the outcome / end point is worth all the hassle.

  11. Kentucky says:

    Anyone familiar with the form relating to your bladder functions? Talk about personal . . .

  12. Norman says:

    Had a now-retired doc ask me about the guns thing: “Do you have any guns at your home”? Well, feed me the right straight line and I cannot pass it up: “Why, do you need some? There’s a store right down the street that sells them.”

    They go through the usual Old Feeble Geezer checklist each visit and I point out they always seem disappointed when I tell them I haven’t fallen since the last visit, but I’d be willing to schedule a few falls if it would make them feel better.

  13. Jerry says:

    Hell, yes I prefer staying home rather than going out. Them townie people are crazy.
    Haven’t been to a scheduled doctor in 16 years. Last years kidney stone doesn’t count, since it probably had already passed after 4 hours of waiting room time. His recommendation of “cut out, or at least down, on dairy” doesn’t cut it, since it took 30 years to develop the first one!
    Had the disappointment of an eye doctor, that I haven’t developed glaucoma. Went to a different one who said No, it’s fine, just keep annual visits, instead of 6 & 8 years.

  14. Sendarius says:

    How the hell do you choose the BEST answer from a choice of two?

    I know it has been a while, but even I remember the difference between the comparative BETTER, and the superlative BEST – sheesh!

To the stake with the heretic!