Thursday, June 26, 2008

Smeared memories

I explained in detail why my patient did not need a Pap this year (over 30, low risk, no abnormal Paps for 10 years). She agreed, and we proceeded with her annual physical.

We chatted away about this and that through the exam. At visit's end, I reminded her that she would hear about her Pap in 1-2 weeks.

"Uh, but I didn't have a Pap."

"Of course you did," I answered after a moment's hesitation, "but we were talking and you probably just don't remember." And then I remembered that we'd talked about no Pap.

"Well, maybe I did, " she answered, "or did I?"

At this point, she and I had a spirited discussion about Pap or no, did she or didn't she. I checked in the back, and indeed she did. Whose menopause moment was this?

9 comments:

kenju said...

OOPS! If I had one, I'd surely remember it, wouldn't I? I just had one this week, and I am not likely to forget it.....LOL

Haralee said...

Do you remember saying "Skootch Forward"?
No Skootch, No Pap!

JeanMac said...

Your post was funny - your title very witty, once again!

EastCoastSeaGlass said...

OMG!!! Now you are confusing ME!!! you did it right..after you told her she didn't need one. Is that what I am reading.. where is my coffee....

Femail doc said...

Lest you all think I've completely lost my mind (HL--I DO remember saying skootch forward), I always check the ovaries and uterus even if I don't do a Pap. So we definitely had a pelvic here; all the excitement was me wondering why I would do a Pap if I said I wouldn't (and therefore did I even do it) and her not noticing!?! that she was having a Pap after all.

Wendy said...

Oh, that's too funny! I think this is the best one ever! LOL! Maybe you changed places and YOU got the Pap! (just kidding)

Bear Naked said...

Oh my a double menopausal moment!
Too funny.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

This is fabulously funny. I just read it to my husband who was curious to know why I was laughing so hard. What a refreshing blog. Thanks for popping by mine as it is wonderful to find a kindred spirit - there are a few of us out there. I'm going to stay and have a bit of a read now as I could do with a laugh.

Nancy said...

If it werent for the patients age, I would say it was HER menopause moment. How could she forget something like that? LOL