Posted 10-28-2004 at 16:54:03
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where do they get this junk? then the service copies stuff straight off the list, so mre becomes "meal, ready to eat" well screwed am i boy up now! sir.
the medical world is no better. either they talk greek or acronyms. i can only take so much "vicodin, metaptolol, tviskyerhedoff" and i announce, "hey, we speak english at this table".if a person can't get around they call them a CVA. there's some 8-cylinder mumbo jumbo for that, but i prefer the flnlander version "can't valk anymore". :)
Posted 10-28-2004 at 22:07:30
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Oh, boy, you just hit the nail on the head, deadcarp. Good for you! This is one of my pet peeves.
I work in a teaching hospital, where we deal with medical residents by the roomfull. One night I listened to a young resident (they're all young to me by now) "explain" a diagnosis & procedure to an older fellow. The resident was concentrating so much on what he was saying, he failed to see the perplexed look on the patient's face. I let him finish, then told him, "Now, explain that in English." He glanced at me, decided I must not have been talking to him, and went back to talking to (not with) the patient. I repeated myself and the resident stared at me like I was nuts. I told him, "This patient didn't understand a word you just said to him. Explain it in plain English." The resident now was the one who had a perplexed look on his face, while the patient was beginning to smile. The resident insisted he had explained his thoughts very clearly to the patient. I turned around and asked the patient, "Did you understand anything he was telling you?"
The resident had the grace to blush, then there was a long pause while he attempted to translate his thoughts back into English, and he started all over again. That time the patient pretty much understood him.
When a doctor explains a procedure without regard for the patient's level of understanding (meaning, the patient's not dumb but just hasn't taken a medical terminology course lately), I ask the patient if he or she understood what the doctor just said, usually in front of the doctor. Much of the time the answer is negative.
The ER docs I work with do a pretty good job of conversing in plain English, but they live more in the real world - most of the time.
I have to admit sometimes my husband calls me on some of the terminology I find myself using. I think I've been at this too long. I need to retire and rejoin the real world.