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Words Have Meaning!!!

01 Apr
Photo Credit: medimanage.com

Photo Credit: medimanage.com

This was my week to go to the doctor for a checkup / blood work. This visit will be a little different; the good doctor has a new nurse to assist him.

Bright and early yesterday morning I am off for a fun filled hour or so at the XXX Medical Building. The good doctor, I really do like him, talked to me about the normal things: diet, exercise and so on. All and all a good visit with the exception of… possible embellishment ahead… the Countess Dracucilla siphoning off a quart or so of A positive for testing purposes.

Today is the bigger day; the day when my test results arrive. This is usually when the nurse gives me a lecture about this level is too high or that level is too low. As I stated earlier I have a new nurse now.

My phone rings this afternoon and the Caller ID informs me the doctor’s office is on the line. Let me remind you of my title “Words Have Meaning”.

Nurse: “Mr. X this is nurse Y from XXX Medical Building. I have your test results.” There is a short pause and papers rattling.

Nurse: “We see the early signs of kidney disease.” I’ll have to admit, that wasn’t what I was expecting so a brief pause was in order.

Me: “This is new”. She had my full attention now.

Nurse: “It is common in people your age.” Okay now I am still curious with a dash of annoyed.

Me: “So this is just an age thing?”

Nurse: “Yes but there is another factor. The guideline for measuring kidney function has recently changed and the scale has been narrowed.”

Me: “So my age coupled with a change in the way you evaluate kidney effectiveness is why you brought this up.”

Nurse: ‘That is correct.”

Me: “How far over am I?”

Nurse: “You are not actually over the number but you are getting close.”

Me: “So I am still in the normal range but getting close to the top.”

Nurse: “That is correct.”

Me: “Is there anything I need to be doing different?”

Nurse: “Make sure you drink plenty of fluids.”

Me: “Thanks for calling.”

Words have meaning! Let me offer a different approach to this whole conversation. “Kidney function will degrade as we get older so you need to be even more mindful of hydration. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids.”

Note to the blogging community: If you are in your 50s and up, and go in for a check-up soon, don’t overreact if you hear a nurse say “We see the early signs of kidney disease.”

Until My Kidneys Fail,

A Servant

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21 responses to “Words Have Meaning!!!

  1. katebortell

    April 1, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    That was ridiculous. Have a glass of water and dont freak out. Im not always thrilled with doctors.

     
    • A Servant

      April 1, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Obviously the opening statement was a bit of a shock. Thankfully I didn’t react before I learned it was a poor choice of words.
      This isn’t the type of stuff I write about but I thought it would be fun to post.
      Well, it is funny now anyway.

       
      • katebortell

        April 1, 2014 at 7:31 pm

        Thank goodness !!

         
  2. searchingforsubstance

    April 1, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    glad your kidneys are ok! you’re right… the way we word things can carry such a different connotation. i’ll keep this in mind since i have similar conversations all the time. =)

     
    • A Servant

      April 1, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Oops, do I smell encroachment?
      I reported it pretty much verbatim but intended it to come off with a smirk on my face.

       
  3. Mark Myers

    April 1, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    A pitcher of water a day will keep ridiculous random government standards of kidney disfunction away?

     
    • A Servant

      April 1, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      I’m serious as can be when I say “this would never happen in Portsong”. In fact I almost said it in the post.
      Thanks Mark

       
      • Mark Myers

        April 1, 2014 at 8:01 pm

        Haha. Guvment, we laugh at the guvment!

         
  4. Elaine

    April 1, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Glad to know all is well. Amazing how sometimes people don’t think about how they are saying something. I t sure can make a difference.

     
    • A Servant

      April 1, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      This was mostly me blowing off some steam. It wasn’t really a stress moment but I did think it was a bad approach and it gave me pause. Words do have meaning and I should be careful.
      Thanks Elaine.

       
  5. Skye @ TheSanctuaryofMyHeart

    April 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Praising God all is well……Raising a glass of water in celebration! 🙂

     
    • A Servant

      April 1, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      What a day. Just thought I would share. It’s kind of funny now.

       
      • Skye @ TheSanctuaryofMyHeart

        April 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm

        I love the things that seem funny afterwards. It’s the going through the not so funny I am not very fond of! 🙂 Hope you are having a good week….It all must look great now considering you are below the range!! 🙂

         
  6. Michael

    April 2, 2014 at 3:17 am

    You handled that well. And between all the X’s and Y’s, I was expecting a baby somewhere! 😀

     
    • A Servant

      April 2, 2014 at 8:41 am

      It annoyed me during the call but I quickly turned it into a story I told around the office.
      It’s all good.

       
  7. SLIMJIM

    April 3, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Wow that was frightening in the beginning…a bit of an overkill on the part of the nurse

     
    • A Servant

      April 3, 2014 at 8:10 am

      When I was given the news I immediately went into inquiry mode. I didn’t really process it before I had learned this was a normal “returning to dust” thing.
      Words are powerful things so it became a self-help moment to be careful what I say.
      By the time I wrote the post it was a chance to poke a little fun at myself and add a moral to the story.

       
  8. Nicolette

    April 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Hi!
    You didn’t clarify whether your nurse was a “new” as in : just received her license, or “new” as in EXPERIENCED, but “new” to this doctor’s office.

    I agree with you that the phone call could have gone better. She caused concern where there was none. It should have been handled differently.

    Reminding your title, “Word’s have meaning.” Your words have meaning too.

    “…the nurse gives me a lecture about..”–Did you know that a large part of a nurse’s job is to clarify what the doctor has said after he left the room? Which means, when the Doc says something, like “possibly a XYZ, we’ll send you for some tests” and proceeds to walk out of the room, MOST, if not ALL, patients have fixated on just one or two words and didn’t hear the rest of what was said by the good Doc.

    The nurse is there to educate the patient on what was said, calm their fears, and make sure the patients understand what they are to do.

    Nurses educate. It is a wonderful part of our skill set to help people return to their healthy best.
    I honestly hope you stay your healthy self! But, give us nurses a break. We work hard at to make our time with you in this unpleasant atmosphere as pleasant as possible.

    BTW, The Vampire only takes about 2 tablespoons of blood. If we make the process less painful, we would. 🙂

     
    • A Servant

      April 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

      You are correct, the nurse, and the practice, have my best interests at heart. You are also correct that a patient, in this case me, can single out items and even embellish them.
      The posting did cover a real event; the intent was to deliver a message… Words have meaning. I had hoped that message would transcend the literal example and serve as a reminder for us all to be careful what we say.

       

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