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Questions I Have About the Doctor’s Office: Stethoscopes, Paper Rolls, Magazines, and More!

April 14, 2010 · 66 comments

in Health & Fitness

While trying to fall  asleep, I started reflecting on my latest doctor visit.  That got me thinking about all the doctor’s visits I have ever had in my life.  (This is why I never sleep, I have so many exciting things to think about.)  So these are my questions and/or musings.

  1. When my blood pressure and temperature are taken, why doesn’t the nurse just tell me the results?  Many times, I have to ask what the numbers are.  It really bugs me when the nurse just wraps up the blood pressure cuff and starts scratching things down on the chart.  On the flip side, when I am on the scale, I do NOT tell want to know my weight.  My eyes are closed the whole time I am standing on the scale, barefoot and wearing my lightest clothing.  I can ask what my weight is if I want to know.
  2. How often is that stethoscope washed/wiped/sterilized?  Ever?
  3. Why are the rolls of paper that cover the exam table so narrow?  Are germs only transmitted in the exact center of the table and the 3 or 4 inches on either side are immune to disease?  Do paper rolls only come in one size?  Are we supposed to rip off the ‘used’ paper from our visit after the doctor leaves the room and throw it away, or do we leave it to someone else?
  4. Why are the walls in the doctor’s office so thin?  If patient/doctor confidentiality is so important, then how come I had to hear every detail of the visit going on in the room next door when I was at the doctor last week?  (By the way, in case you are curious, the patient’s son is having a lot of trouble in Algebra.  I am sure the doctor was dying to know that little tidbit.)
  5. If I am going to get called from the waiting room and be forced to rot indefinitely in the exam room, please put good magazines in the exam room too.
  6. Speaking of magazines, please invest in a few decent subscriptions.  Referring back to my visit last week, since I am not Diabetic or Pregnant, I had nothing to read.
  7. Is it frowned upon to lay down on the exam table while waiting for the doctor to come in?  I always feel like I need to be sitting up when the doctor finally arrives.  However, many times I feel just awful and want to take a nap.  Is it just me that  is hesitant to just stretch out while waiting?
  8. Why does the doctor seem to decide when the visit is over?  Aren’t I the customer?  I want the doctor to ask me if I have any questions before running to that door.  Quite often I have to yell ‘wait, one more thing’ before they have time to escape.

I am sure more will come to me over time.  Please keep in mind, I have had many pleasant doctor visits over the years and I have great respect for the medical profession.

Feel free to leave a comment to cover anything I missed!

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Dianna April 14, 2010 at 8:52 am

Yes, you’ve had enough experience to be an expert! Maybe you should go into the medical profession (you know you want to!) – then you could design the perfect doctor’s office! Add a fancy coffee machine and snacks in the waiting room and you would be golden! 🙂


Marge Porter April 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

You covered a lot of good points with a sense of humor


Vicky April 14, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Funny. Also why is it that the doctor calls his profession his “Practice”? That’s concerning! The doctor’s office is a strange place.


Dave April 14, 2010 at 11:33 pm

After the nurse goes through and does your blood pressure, why does the doctor come in and do the exact same thing? And why are the results never the same?


Vanessa January 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm

These are all very good questions to ask about Doctors offices. Good Healthcare providers make sure all of their equipment is clean, and makes sure to but the patient first, answering all questions and sharing their results with them.

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Dr. Narinder October 18, 2012 at 2:27 am

Dear you seems to be over curious. Firstly if you’re not being told about your BP that may be because of your benefits. and why you want to know. do you have enough knowledge regarding that? instead you should more concentrate on healthy life style (if you were told). Regarding walls or sterilization, I don’t think you should worry about. that may increase your BP.


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