ndab Ah Yes, Medical School: Well Played II

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Well Played II

Perhaps it is something about me and three weeks worth of clinical orientation, but I've managed to set myself up for some pretty easy chances for friends to make me look like a moron (yes, this is what substitutes for supportive friendships among medical school classmates...and yes, I actually have friends). Case in point, Well Played. I thought I'd bring this topic up again because yesterday, during our head and neck physical exam module, I managed to pull off this feat yet again.

We were wrapping up the session when the doctor, a skilled practitioner with about 40 years of clinical experience, offered to check any of us out if we thought we had any problems worth addressing. Seeing this as a prime opportunity to get free health care, I decided to speak up. Why? Because, as has often been noted here, I am a jackass:

Me: Actually I have something I was hoping you'd look at.
Doc: OK sure what do you want me to do?
Me: Well I have this ear wax problem...I make a TON of it.
Doc: OK well sit in the chair and I'll check it out. If there's enough I'll try to extract it.
Me: Ya last time I was at my preceptor's office and he took a look in there and pulled out this HUGE wad of wax. It was enormous.
Friend 1: Oh my lord that is really disgusting.
Doc: That's ok, people think that having a lot of ear wax is a sign of poor hygeine, when in fact it is a genetically predetermined trait that one has no control over. [Editor's note: I am not making this up to make myself seem less disgusting, and if any ladies find excessive ear wax attractive, let me know.]
Friend 2: How much did they take out of you?
Me: Oh a ton. Actually it was so huge he put it all out on a paper towel for me too see and he wrote "YUM" on it as a joke. He said it was the most he'd seen...
Friend 2: Seriously that's gross.
Me: ...but I was so impressed with it that I took a picture of it with my camera phone.
Friend 1: You're kidding right?
Me: Nope, I just wish my camera wasn't messed up at the time because it came out all fuzzy.
Friend 1: OK, seriously, this is why you don't have a girlfriend.

Ouch. Once again, well played. But of course, I recognize that I set myself up for something like that, because some things just don't need to be shared...

...that said, you didn't seriously think I'd write all that and not actually post the picture, right?

In case you're curious, the wad of wax on that paper was roughly an inch wide, and that was all from just one of my ears.
Next week: Urology Clerkship. Something entertaining might come out of a week of fondling testicles and doing rectal exams. Just a hunch.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What can be said! Can't wait to read your next entry :)

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Aki said...

This is one of those things that should go on a website where folks get to say how much would they pay to watch someone else eat it and when the amount gets high enough, the transaction goes through.

Kudos my friend, Kudos.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Okay, that truly is kind of gross. But funny all the same!

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Eli seriously, it's one thing to have the ear wax. It's another to take a picture of it. But putting the picture online is really unnecessary. And gross...

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so, are you able to hear better now?...

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Okay, I'm a lady and I have no idea how I got on this page...and I think that's disgusting!

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