07 March 2012

Checking Up on Awkwardness

This may be in the realm of TMI-dom (and definitely in the land of random of randoms), but I had to go visit the lady doctor last week for a checkup. Just a checkup, nothing else. And as most of you ladies can already guess, it was – as it always is – an act of supreme awkwardness.

(Let me caveat things by saying that my doc is super-nice and professional. Her practice is modern, well-staffed, well-run. I have nothing bad to say about any of it.)

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Two main observations in major awkwardness here:

It’s bad enough you’ve got to strip and don a paper vest for your visit. But in either a bout of cost-savings and/or efficiency, those paper vests at my doc’s office are now only about 18” long. So you not only have to get nekkid, but you have to sit there clutching together a little half-vest with the equivalent of a paper towel square on your lap while you bum just hangs free. That's after you figure a way to hoist yourself on top of that seemingly sky-high padded counter whilst butt out and clutching your paper napkin clothing.

And the second point? Look I get the point of conversation with the doc to kind of make the whole situation more comfortable and casual, but I’m sorry, there’s no amount of chit chat that is going to make me forget where I am and what is being done to me. I am staring uncomfortably at the ceiling while the doc’s wielding the equivalent of a flash light and a giant Q-tip. Though I know it is courteous, I’m really not interested in hearing about the kids and soccer at that moment.

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I don’t know. I’m sure the majority of you ladies take those visits a lot more gracefully than I do with minimal amount of eyebrow raising. But you throw in the natural inconveniences of having to take time off to see the doc, find the office through the maze of medical office super-structures and never-ending hallways, having to wait regardless of what time your appointment was for, and then all the poking and prodding before you even get to the see the doc … well, as much as I admire doctors and nurses, I’ve never been thrilled with the process.

Any “wonderful” moments that you’d like to share about your visits to your lady doctor? Or what do you find awkward about visits to the doc in general?

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Jacket: Zara (worn here - sim, sim, -ish here, sim)
Top: Ann Taylor colorblock cowlneck (worn here - sim, sim, -ish here)
Jeans: J.Crew bootcut (worn here - sim)
Necklace: c/o Simply Livly via Etsy (worn here - sim, sim)
Shoes: Boutique 9 via Anthropologie botanist heeled (worn here - same on sale, sim, sim, lower)
Bag: Cooperative by UO mixed media neon (worn here - sim, simlarger)
Bracelets: J.Crew & Old Navy (sim, sim)

59 comments:

  1. I absolutely adore this whole outfit!

    And I hear you on the lady doc awkwardness. Just do what you came to do and let me pretend something else is happening for Pete's sake.

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  2. I completely agree! I'm not super great at chit chatting with people that are practically strangers anyway but when there's you know -lady business- going on I just want it to wrap up as quickly as possible. Asking me about my weekend plans doesn't help speed the situation along.

    You what's almost as bad? Chit chatting at the dentist office. I LOVE my dental hygienist but for the life of me can't figure out a classy way to answer all her questions without getting saliva all over us both! Yikes.

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    1. I used to have a guy that would (in the nicest way possible, of course) essentially berate me about my non-flossing skills every time I went to get my teeth cleaned. And I had two options - get my tongue stuck on the sucky tube if I tried to respond or lay there, say nothing and make funny eye brows at him as my response. I was pretty much funny eyebrow tonge stuck lady.

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  3. I'm obsessed with this outfit!... obsessed!

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  4. Loving your color palette! And those Dr. visits get even more unpleasant when you're preggers. Ha!

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    1. Nice to know it just gets better the more often you have to go! ;o)

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  5. I love this jacket! It has been a while since you posted it, I'm sad that it's not a recent purchase. In any event, I really need a light coloured blazer for my spring wardrobe!

    I wish for something so important, docs and nurses could make visits to the lady doctor a little more pleasant. I can't stand the chit chat either. It slows down the procedure. If they didn't talk I'm sure they could get things done alot quicker!

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  6. This outfit is fantastic!

    I agree with Lindsay regarding the dental chat being almost worse because you really cannot respond in kind without making a mess or sounding like you have someone's hand in your mouth.

    But man those paper gowns sound extra annoying! I now feel lucky that my practice uses ones that would suit all types of sizes and stages of pregnancy in addition to non-pregnant visitors like myself.

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    1. I know - at least give me a smidge of dignity back by giving me a whole gown. What if the fire alarm went off and I had to flee!?

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    2. Omg. I never even considered that scenario!! You know what else is awkward? Socks or no socks?! My annual visits are always in winter and I hate going barefoot anywhere other than a pool or beach. So I always leave my woolen socks on. At least my feet will covered if I have to make an emergency exit!

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  7. I'm loving the colorblocking and the bright orange and turquoise in this outfit!

    This post made me laugh, Lisa! I absolutely DESPISE going to the lady doc so thank goodness it's only a once a year event. :) Every time I see pregnant women in there I think about how many appointments to the dr they must have and it makes me cringe. Once a year is plenty!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. I used to be so neurotic in the waiting room, especially before I got engaged. I used to look around me at other gals and my mind would race with crazy thoughts on what those women must've thought of me, why I was in the doc's office, I didn't have a ring on, what's wrong with me, blah blah blah. Totally all in my crazy head.

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  8. oh I am THE most awkward doctor-goer ever. My OB/GYN's office is really good about wisking you to the back very quickly, but then they have you change and you sit there...and sit there. The last time I was there, I thought they maybe forgot me (20 minutes had gone by!), so I stuck my head out the door (in the paper vest, naturally), only to be greeted by a patient's 5 year old son who was standing right outside my door. Awesome.

    Other than that, nothing too awful has happened to me while there - I really like my GYN - she's young and friendly and DOESN'T small talk while her hands are all...over.

    BUT, my regular internist - he's SO hot. LIKE, amazingly hot. And when he checks my joints, I giggle like a school girl...every time. He's almost distractingly hot, which is not a good thing. I think if I ever have a major problem, I'd be too embarassed to tell him!

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    1. You've got me busting out laughing here! I always kind of hate it when the docs or nurses tell you to do something and then they'll be right outside to finish paperwork, etc., but when you get outside the office, they're never there and you end up standing around looking all random ...

      I don't know if I could see a hot doc. I mean, I could be peeing blue and have terrible cramps but if my doc were hot, I'd be sitting there with my lip gloss on and manicured nails pretending like I'm perfectly healthy ...

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  9. I'm in agreement with you. Do not talk to me while you are down there.
    My former lady doctor (she's still a lady, just not my doctor) told me once while she was down there that, at my age, my eggs are beginning to rot and that I should really consider freezing some now in a relatively "fresh" condition. Yes, my eggs are rotting at age 28. I checked with a few doctor friends, and this is an absolute physical impossibility. She also told me I was overweight. Great self esteem booster, I'm fat, old and full of rotting eggs. I have now sought a new lady doctor.
    Tara
    Penniless Socialite

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    1. What the what?! Oh gee, thanks, doc, had a bad day much?!

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  10. I hear you girl- I just had to go through that on Monday. Not fun. But you know what is fun? Your shirt. I love it.

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  11. You look so good here! I feel like you look skinnier these days than in your older posts (hehe, been reading long time, just only recently commenting and trying to blog).
    Yes, visiting the doctor sucks. Since I'm in med school.. usually when I talk to patients, I try to have them change later; talk to them when they're dressed and not in just the hospital gown. It's awkward for us too sometimes!

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    1. Aw, thanks, A. I doubt I am skinnier though, I've just learned to pose better, haha!

      I'm not sure I want to know that docs find it awkwards sometimes too - then it's just a little room full of awkward! But I bet there are some patients who'll sit there stark nekkid with their nether regions hanging all about and chat all day with you ... ooh, bad visual ...

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  12. Cutest outfit EVER!!

    I have my lady doctor visit in two weeks...ugg! In addition to that, they also do the boob smoosh that day too! Wow, talk about two hours of fun! :o)

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  13. LOL, you're a riot. I've pretty much gotten over my whole awkwardness with the lady docs after going through 2 years of fertility treatments. I think everyone in the free world saw my nether regions. LOL!

    On another note, those jeans are fantastic on you!

    http://bestdressedinthenest.tumblr.com/

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  14. I always joke that I shave better for her than I do the hubs. I recently starting waxing, I wonder if she will notice next month. A previous one had cartoons on the ceiling.

    Love that bag!

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    1. I am busting out laughing over here, because I totally shaved my legs the morning of my office visit. Part of always thinks, oh the doc's seen worse, but then another is thinking, what if I'm worse?

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  15. 1) i love your outfit. i think we dress similarly and i really like it - you are always giving me ideas. ;)

    2) i was there yesterday. we were chatting about italy when she stopped mid sentence and says "did you know x body part is the color of a strawberry?". well, no... i didn't. but thanks?

    :|

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  16. OMG I TOTAAAAAAALLY hear you! This is NOT a time to chat! For crying out loud, I know you can see my . . . everything, you know you can see my . . . everything, let's just get this done and over with. My least favorite thing is "gonna feel a little pinch . . ." Argh. That was NOT a pinch. By the way I realize this is necessary and this is your job, but I hate you. My first OBGYN was actually a married couple. I worked at Subway at the time and I remember that the two of them came in to get sanwiches, scrubs and all, and it was just awkward. "Hello, you two have both . . . yeah . . ." I wonder what the speak of over the dinner table? Weird.

    Aside from awkward gyno stuff, I absolutely love your outfit today Lisa! The teal necklace really pops over that orange top and I love the blazer!

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    1. Oh lady ... I can offer no words here .... ;o)

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  17. I'll tell you what's not awkward is your outfit! I feel like I rarely see you in wider leg pants, and they really, really suit you! This is a great look!

    xoxo
    www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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  18. The worst is when that blasted table is angled at the door just right...so your exposed bum is the first thing greeting those walking in. That's one of my favs.:/ OB appointments don't get much better...you just get bigger and it gets hard to lug that belly up on that table.

    That purse, however, is fantastic. And I am stalking it till it goes on sale. So, thanks for that!

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  19. O.M.G, Lisa. What did you do with your hair today? It's sooooooooooooooooo perfect!!!! SQUEEE!!!!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I'm not sure what differently I did with my hair but I guess it has reached that perfect mix of length, outside humidity and product where it'll stay nice for about two days. ;o)

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  20. Lisa, I couldn't focus on your outfit for laughing at your ordeal. Mine loves to chit chat too. i'm looking up waitinf for everything to be OVER! Fab outfit and your purse is adorable.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  21. Lisa you cracked me up with this blog post!! That is totally awkward and thankfully haven't had that many awkward doctor encounters but I'm sure there will be in the future :S

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  22. Oh my gosh, the thought of that dreaded yearly appointment gives me so much anxiety. The worst is that we see a D.O. and my sister-in-law now works for him... awkward much!?!?

    I love that cowl neck top on you! I contemplated getting it in that palette or the black colorway but decided against it. Regretting that one!

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  23. I don't know, maybe I'm the weird one but I don't mind the chit chat. I always think to myself that my vagina is like the millionth vagina my doctor has had to look at this week and doubt mine is much different. However, being very pregnant and always hot that tiny piece of paper I have to sit on now gets stuck to my butt and rips off the chair/exam table when I get up. That's pretty embarrassing.... Also the fact that my butt barely fits on the paper without spilling over the edge causes me a lot of concern.

    Your outfit is perfection. Love love love it!

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    1. I've ripped the paper that they lay on the padded counter before - because I'm short and apparently I have to scooch for like two miles before I get to a satisfactory distance from my doc. That stuff is always fun, because it's usually the doc is trying to get your feet in those stirrups - I always feel like one classy lady, haha!

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  25. That color-block top is a great way to dress up your jeans. :)
    The part Iʻm always absurdly worried about when I visit the GYN is changing from my clothes and into that paper gown. I always worry about the doctor walking in mid-change, so the instant the nurse closes the door on her way out, I start ripping off my clothes like itʻs a timed race.

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  26. Honestly, I hate going to all doctors lol...still love that top on you, and still sad it didn't work out for me!

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  27. Not a huge fan of the girly doc, I just try not to think about it too much.

    That being said, I have that J. Crew cuff in navy. Love it! :)

    xox

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    1. I wish I had snagged this cuff in more colors now - I thought it'd be heavy and chunky and weird, didn't realize how much I'd like it!

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  28. Ha! I love this post! I had to go see my lady doctor 2 weeks ago and I absolutely adore him (plus he's very handsome to boot). He delivered both of my kids so that means he has been my doctor for almost 19 years! Gah!
    He has the BEST bedside manner of any doctor I have ever seen and there is no awkwardness in the visit because he is anything but awkward. HOWEVER, I always keep a fresh pair of socks in my handbag and do the switcheroo while undressing since his head is so close to my feet. It's just being courteous if you ask me.
    Also, he has cloth gowns that almost come to my feet...no ill fitting uncomfortable paper thank goodness!

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  29. You look completely pulled together and gorgeous!

    And you know I can't have silence. Ever. Anywhere. It must be filled! After 10 years and 4 kids we've covered a lot of topics :/

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    1. So it's like catching up with an old friend for you, hahah!

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  30. Lol awesome post!!! I <3 my lady doc and she's definitely a talker but I would much rather listen to her chat nonstop about random things instead of listening to an awkward silence!

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    1. My docs have always been chatty - I guess that's part of the whole "bedside manner" thing. I'm complaining about the talking, but then again, it may be super creepy to have to lay there staring at the ceiling and all you hear are crickets ...

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  31. Oh dear, I lost all modesty about that after having kids. When every nurse and doc explores your hoohah every 10 minutes or so, you get over it. :-D

    LOVE the outfit! Must go dig for my blazer that is similar!

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  32. honestly, I just don't like how cold and drafty those appointment are. ;)

    Fabulous colors in this outfit my dear. It has a very tropical/resort feel. Makes me wanna go on vacay. Oh and that blazer fits you perfectly!

    Lorispeak

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  33. LOL - luckily my doc still uses full sized robes for his exams. It's awkward but goes by quick enough that once a year is bearable.

    So effortlessly chic today! Love your outfit, as usual!

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    1. My doc is such a nice lady, but I think the half-vest thing set me off in the wrong direction, haha!

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  34. Loving the blazer - and that necklace is SO pretty!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  35. Nice outfit and your blog as well!:)
    Simona
    www.simimaus.blogspot.com

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  36. Love that colorblocked shirt!

    xoxo
    Jillian
    www.NuSophisticate.com

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  37. Love that colorblocked shirt!

    xoxo
    Jillian
    www.NuSophisticate.com

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  38. I love my OB. We been thru so many procedures now. I still get a weird thought or two in the too short paper sheet, but feel comfortable with her. Ca-yoot handbag!

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  39. Great outfit. Does your company let you wear denim to the office? Mine doesn't. Not even denim jackets or skirts. Which is supremely annoying.

    I'm not a fan of the ob appointment. Just received the make-your-appointment postcard a few days ago, and I dread the thought. Ugh! I can completely relate to your feeling of awkwardness - I always feel awfully vulnerable and rather foolish as I wait in the paper gown.

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  40. OMG I know what you mean!

    Great outfit by the way <3

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  41. Love this bag! I've seen it a bunch of times on other blogs and it looks so well made - plus super affordable. You styled it in such a cute way - all the colors work.

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    The Fashionable ESQ
    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

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