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A Symptom Not Mentioned!!!

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#1 JaneLesley


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Posted 05 August 2010 - 03:30 AM


Many thanks to everyone who sent such kind words to my first post - I have read so many other posts and stories and have shed quite a few tears over these.

On a much lighter note, I note no one else seems to have reported suffering from a symptom that I experience when dealing with the medical profession - the symptom of my sensible brain disappearing.

My first visit to see a Rheumatologist seemed to be the start - I was going to hospital to get my poor hands looked at. It had been snowing heavily and I had wrapped in many many layers - eskimos couldn't have done better! Upon arrival I was shown in to a small (very cold) room and told to undress to my underwear - I thought I was going to have my poor hands looked at so was a little shocked (what a fool!).

Due to poor hands, the cold and many layers, it took me ages to undress and I was told to get up on a bench which was too high and had been left in the fully reclined position. No mean feat when you are of Rubenesque proportions and are very creaky. At this point I was given a form to complete with a very dull pencil. My grip is poor and balancing on a bed in inadequate underwear (after all I was only going to have my hands looked at!!) with a tiny sheet and nothing to lean on did not help my situation. The nurse returned to the room to find me crawling on the floor moaning about pencils! I am surprised they did not send me home there and then.

The Rheumatologist entered the room with his entourage and put out his hand - this is where my brain appeared to disappear completely - instead of offering my hand in return - I gave him the pencil, his hand comes out a second time and I offer up the incomplete form - third time round I get the message and shake hands.

Why do I do this kind of thing. I work in an office, I have a responsible position and shake hands with people all day. There have been several other embarrassing situations since then - does anyone have a clue where my brain goes to?

After a 9 year void, I am now being seen by a lot of the medical profession - I am not convinced it is due to my condition, I do in fact believe it is because I am such good entertainment!

My best best wishes to everyone, especially those who who suffer from this highly embarrassing affliction.


#2 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 03:48 AM

Hello Jane

Fantastic! What a way to go, you know that the doctor and the nurse for that matter, will have immortalised you in tales to colleagues about the strange woman...well I always think it's better to make a lasting impression than to be forgettable, your problem now is how are you going to top this?

There is something particular to being a patient that makes us act in strange and yes even entertaining ways but alas I don't quite know what it is, of course if I did I could stop doing it.

Clearly you have the right attitude towards the bizarre things this disease does to us and brings are way, I just know you are going to triumph over whatever comes your way.

Oh yes and more of the same please because it's hilarious to read about! :emoticons-yes:

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#3 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 09:49 AM

Oh Jane, what a laugh you've given me!

I don't know where our brains go to, but I do know a lot of us suffer from this affliction. I have this mental image of the medics looking at me gibbering on and thinking: "My, she's a dotty old dear, isn't she?" Even worse, I overheard two of my children speculating on whether I might be suffering from early onset of dementia! Cheeky things...

I think in your case, what was going on was that little known affliction Raynaud's of the Brain! (Just joking, folks, don't go looking for it!) Simple hypothermia will do it too. It must have been transient because you made perfect sense in describing the attack. Stay warm and keep laughing!

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