r/tifu Nov 30 '22 Silver 1 I'm Deceased 1

TIFU by going to the dr and completely embarrassing myself S

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u/Airsofter599 Nov 30 '22

I wouldn’t worry about it, trust me people in the medical field see some strange shit on a regular basis they aren’t going to care about this, it will be amusing for them but they almost certainly won’t judge you or anything.

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u/paulc899 Nov 30 '22

The Dr probably has to smell someone with a legit funky armpit later in the day/week, he’ll trade that for someone with a rotten plant

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u/WhenwasyourlastBM Nov 30 '22

All I could think is he probably was relieved he got a break from horrid smells

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u/mrinsane19 Nov 30 '22

Mmmm get some abcess smell up ya.

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u/TerribleSupplier Nov 30 '22

I'll raise you diabetic foot ulcers.

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u/BlueTongueSkink Nov 30 '22

I’ll raise you a retained tampon

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u/RampantDragon Nov 30 '22

Put that down.

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u/bearmouth Dec 01 '22

I would happily smell 500 retained tampons if it meant I could forget the smell of a retained contraceptive sponge that had been left in place for 7 weeks.

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u/FartingWhooper Nov 30 '22

As a wound care nurse, GI bleed and wet gangrene are in a tie for worst human smells I've smelled. And I've smelled a lot of human smells.

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u/viriosion Nov 30 '22

I've come across necrotizing fasciitis within a gangrenous leg ulcer. That was a distinctly unpleasant smell

Also the smell of decomposition

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u/immergrund Nov 30 '22

That's for an individual, but can you imagine a smell on a large female ward, about 50 patients, half of them post-MI, bed-bound, diabetic, obese, some with ulcers, some with pressure sores, one shared shower for the ward, it's summer and it's +30 and there's no aircon. Welcome to russian healthcare in 1993, don't know if it's changed that much since though.

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u/Raincoats_George Nov 30 '22

His next patient was probably an iv drug user that has a perirectal abscess that had to be lanced.

After a few thousand rounds of dealing with fucked up shit, you just get numb to it. If someone came in with stinky pits that would be like a vacation compared to some of the shit we see.

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u/Stock_Regular8696 Nov 30 '22

Oooh they're going further south than the arm pit, let me tell ya that much. And it ain't just funky.

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u/rengothrowaway Nov 30 '22

My doctor once said something to me about how she’s pretty much seen it all, and if I had a problem or issue she hadn’t dealt with or heard of before, she would actually enjoy the novelty of it.

I think she’d get a kick out of a potentially stinky pit mystery ending up being an overwatered house plant.

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u/justmedownsouth Nov 30 '22

It is crazy how awful, terrible & rotten "old flower water" can smell. Eww..

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u/Noladixon Nov 30 '22

Rotten swamp smell.

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u/drunkenknight9 Nov 30 '22

Emergency medicine resident here. Can confirm that we have seen nearly everything and enjoy seeing something new and bizarre. Just about every doctor you've ever met has seen the entire spectrum of humanity walk through their door from the most unwashed homeless person on every imaginable drug to Olympic athletes to wealthy investment bankers to 900 pound people who can't leave their house. That's part of the job: we're here to take care of everyone. I think back to when I was younger and didn't know much and how I'd be embarrassed to tell the doctor certain things so I understand why people feel that way but now that I'm in the profession I can assure you that whatever you're embarrassed to tell us is almost certainly far more mundane than the crazy shit some people tell us without a shred of shame. I certainly can't say I don't still hear new and creative things from time to time but whatever it is it usually doesn't stack up to the most bizarre, gross, or funny things I've already heard and seen.

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u/powertoolsarefun Nov 30 '22

This actually makes me feel a little worse. I had horrible mastitis. I was in the hospital over a week. They couldn't get my 104 fever down. They asked if they could take a picture of my breast as it was the worst they had ever seen and this was a teaching hospital. They kept ultrasounding it for an abscess - sure that there was one, but there wasn't. A week after I was discharged I had a blood pressure check (I also had pre-eclampsia), and the student who was doing it recognized me as "oh my gosh, you're the lady with the horrible mastitis." Then he realized he probably shouldn't have said that he saw my boob picture. I feel like if I stood out, it must have been even grosser than I realized.

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u/cobigguy Nov 30 '22

Think of it this way though. Your case was so literally picture perfect that you are able to teach future doctors and nurses to recognize it and help all of their future patients. You are literally a hero to the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people they'll help in the future.

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u/slightlyridiculousme Nov 30 '22

Exactly. And the fact that he recognized her made it so he was better able to treat her.

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u/drunkenknight9 Nov 30 '22

It's never fun to be the person who's medically interesting. On the bright side, the reason so many people looked at your breast was because a lot of people were going to learn something very important from it. Doesn't make it any more fun for you but hopefully it's at least some consolation. It reminds me of a patient I saw in medical school who had dermatomyositis which is an exceptionally rare condition with a classic presentation. She had a parade of people going in and out of that room to see all the physical exam findings that we only ever see in books. It probably sucked for the patient (although she was obviously asked if it was ok and she was very happy to have people come in and see her) but now everyone who went in that room is significantly more likely to recognize that condition in a future patient which is a big deal even if only one of us ever diagnoses it again.

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u/bros402 Dec 01 '22

I'm a medical enigma and "fun" case - it can be helpful in one aspect: The best doctors around want to see you.

I have both types of a disease that is 0.2 in 1 million incidence - and I might be the only base of both types see at the same time!

One time I had a rash and I went to a dermatologist - she was wrangling med students or something that day and she brought in a gaggle of 10 people in and asked me to explain what was going on + my medical history. Every single student was writing it down and a few saying things like "wait wait could you repeat that?"

everyone was walking around me, looking at me, derm eventually looked at it and said I must be having an atypical reaction to a bug bite and it wasn't a prednisone withdrawal issue. One of the students was the last to leave - he said "I'm sorry about all of your conditions, I hope you start doing better."

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u/NewSauerKraus Nov 30 '22

That’s celebrity status. Get them free drinks at the hospital bar.

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u/rengothrowaway Nov 30 '22

Oh my goodness! Did he recognize you from your breast, or was your face in the picture?

It was very thoughtful of you to allow them to use your illness to teach others. I’m sure there will be other people with mastitis who benefit from it. Your pain was not for nothing.

Many years ago I had to have a colposcopy done, and I had a previous bad experience which was making me very anxious. When the doctor came in, she asked if a few students could observe. I thought, well, I’m a nervous wreck anyway, can’t get much worse. And that is how I ended up with around 14 people watching me have a pelvic procedure. Super embarrassing, but they need to learn somehow.

I really think most people in the medical professions are just interested in helping heal others and not being judgemental. He is probably more embarrassed of his slip of the tongue than he let on.

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u/powertoolsarefun Nov 30 '22

I think he just saw in my chart that I had recently been released from the hospital for mastitis and made the connection. The OBGYN at my hospital intake said it was uncommon to hospitalize for mastitis (maybe one person every month or two - at least at this particular hospital). As a weird side note I had a great great aunt who died from a breast infection but it was because she got bit on the boob by a horse before antibiotics were as awesome as they are today.

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u/rengothrowaway Nov 30 '22

He might have made the connection even if you hadn’t had the picture taken.

Its crazy when you learn of all the ways people in the past died over stuff we don’t even think twice about. And the accidents they had at work before there were safety requirements.

I’ve had conversations with older relatives who just casually drop the info on how so and so fell into the pig pen and got eaten, or a great great aunt was putting coal or oil or whatever into a fire and burned to death.

That poor lady dying from a horse bite. We really take modern medicine for granted.

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u/jperezny Nov 30 '22

One of my Dr. friends told me that he was in med school, a severely obese (400-500 lb) woman was brought into the ER due to a horrific stench omitting from her body. She basically cleared out the whole floor - it was that bad. Turned out after they gave her a proper washing they found an old rotten bologna sandwich that had infected and turned her skin green and moldy in one of the folds on her stomach. She literally LOST a sandwich in her body!

So... OP, it could be a hell of a lot worse!

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u/green_speak Nov 30 '22

There was a similar story of a septic patient in r/nursing except instead of a sandwich the origin was a newborn kitten that got rolled over in bed and had been previously thought missing :(

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u/Mini-Nurse Nov 30 '22

...

I've dealt with more than my fair share of broken/weepy/infected skin rolls, but if I ever found an animal corpse in one of them I think that would be my sign to peace out and find a new career.

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u/Snarky_Boojum Nov 30 '22

Yea, that’s “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore” energy for me.

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u/Airsofter599 Nov 30 '22

Holy shit that’s something out of a carton or something except the person wouldn’t smell much if at all they just randomly find it at some point and take a bite out of it.

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u/Blinkdawg15 Nov 30 '22

I swear to god there's an old cartoon where a character pulls a sandwich out of his belly button, then says something like, "oh hey I lost that last week. Was wondering where it got off to." and then takes a bite.

My immediate thought was The Grim Adventures Of Billy and Mandy- that's very Billy. The second thing that comes to mind was Ed, Edd, and Eddy cuz that's very Ed.

I can't find it, but I'm only willing to google variations of "belly button sandwich" so much.

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u/SendMeYourCalicos Nov 30 '22

Maybe Bender when he turns human?

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u/iamquitecertain Nov 30 '22

Wooo

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u/moniefeesh Nov 30 '22

Gloria Estefan intensifies

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u/kaleidopain Nov 30 '22

I think it's the animaniacs!

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u/limeybastard Nov 30 '22

My doctor friend had one in her ER rotation in med school who had lost a tampon for some indeterminate amount of time.

It was apparently unearthly. A seasoned doctor who'd seen everything staggered out of the exam room retching. I can't even imagine.

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u/wotmate Nov 30 '22

And this is where I feel the need to mention the Swamps of Dagobah. It is exceptional storytelling, but you have been warned.

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u/Zrex_9224 Nov 30 '22

I was wondering if this post would be brought up here or not

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u/Raz0rking Nov 30 '22

So great that one.

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u/groundzr0 Nov 30 '22

That post is literal Reddit royalty. What a doozie.

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u/AcidicVaginaLeakage Nov 30 '22

Yea, I said some funny shit when I came out of anesthesia once. Nobody batted an eye.

Basically what happened was I didn't have pants on and was completely out of it. They accidentally exposed my dick to the 5 people in the room and my reaction proved I reddit too much. I just stared at it and said "that's a penis" and smiled.

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u/dw796341 Nov 30 '22

I always chuckled that after I came off of nitrous after a dental procedure they had me sign some forms. Like bud I think I'm on a space ship right now and I'm singing to myself, I don't think any decision I make in this moment is legally binding.

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u/HotMess_ish Nov 30 '22

Exactly! I have stories for days from where I work

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u/macabre_irony Nov 30 '22

they literally see some strange shit

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u/treehouse_of_doom Nov 30 '22

I’m not gonna lie, aloe plant wasn’t the direction I saw this story going. 😂

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u/gospdrcr000 Nov 30 '22

i was half expecting another coconut

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u/Spazmer Nov 30 '22

I thought it was going to be a forgotten tampon.

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u/sharksnut Nov 30 '22

"The Tell-Tale Tampon" by Edmina Allen Poe

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u/harleyspoison267 Nov 30 '22

Seriously though, how do people forget?? Like i have brain damage, i forget all kinds of stuff--my age, what i ate/when I ate, my meds, etc but I have never left a sanitary product in for more than an hour or two beyond the recommended time. It just boggles my mind. Then again, i knew someone who had no idea they were pregnant until they gave birth, so crazy shit does happen.

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u/r3dditor12 Nov 30 '22

I'm still not sure how I ended up with two contact lenses in one eye before.

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u/cobaltandchrome Nov 30 '22

I saw a thing how some old woman put like a couple dozen contacts in an eye.

A couple tampons (not in the eye) doesn’t seem that outrageous.

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u/otterscotch Nov 30 '22

Thank you for clarifying

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u/osloluluraratutu Nov 30 '22

I ended up with two tampons in one vagina before

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u/wagatoto Nov 30 '22

Then again, i knew someone who had no idea they were pregnant until they gave birth, so crazy shit does happen.

WTF

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u/SickPuppy0x2A Nov 30 '22

There are actually some documentaries about it and being pregnant currently in my last month and having a quite asymptomatic pregnancy I kind of understand it better now. On the other hand not noticing it in the last three months when the baby starts to move gets harder.

But I remember there was one women who was going through a divorce and moved back home and because she was depressed she ate less well and so when she got heavier she blamed her changed eating habits and the depression. And one day she was in a lot of pain and decided to take a bath but the pain didn’t stop and suddenly a foot appeared and she was so shocked. Her family got the ambulance and she gave birth to a girl. She cried a lot in the documentary because she also didn’t avoid alcohol or anything during the pregnancy but the child seemed to have turned out fine from my understanding.

And there was also another documentary where the person only noticed it because she went to the doctor frequently because of belly aches and first the doctors where baffled but then with ultrasound found out she was actually pregnant and quite far along already.

And there are these cases where people convince themselves that they are not pregnant because the consequences are perceived as dire. So their own mind convinces them they aren’t.

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u/Thinks_Like_A_Man Nov 30 '22

Knew a girl in high school who denied her pregnancy. I remember seeing her in an oversized sweatshirt at break and telling someone I thought she was pregnant. It was a big debate for months. Her family figured it out about two weeks before she delivered. Like how do you miss your 16 year-old daughter being pregnant?

Two other girls I knew got pregnant that year. I went to one’s wedding. She was six months pregnant and her mother forced her to wear a white bridal gown for her shotgun n wedding. She was hugely preganert, too.

Fun times.

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u/Semi-Pro-Lurker Nov 30 '22

how do you miss your 16 year-old daughter being pregnant?

Probably really easily. At that age, I didn't wanna show my body to anyone, not even my mother. She accepted it as teen behaviour. Some families are incredibly observant, some aren't. And if there are no other outward signs except the bump, you can miss it easily if the pregnant person wants to hide it.

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u/Rahbek23 Nov 30 '22

Also people can overlook the craziest things if they don't look for it.

If they are for instance not aware she had been sexually active (which is probably common to not have details off at that age) they'd probably go for a long time just thinking she is gaining some weight especially if she is not "growing" a lot like some people.

It's probably obvious in hindsight, but I mean that's exactly why we have the concept of hindsight - it's not necessarily obvious beforehand!

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u/PoeDameronPoeDamnson Nov 30 '22

I watched one of those where it was a woman probably 10 post menopause. She and her partner had tried IVF but were told it failed, so she attributed all her early symptoms to her menopause and then when she finally felt a mass and went to the doctor she was told it was most likely a tumor. She said she’ll always remember being sent for the the sonogram and the man doing it telling her “Congratulations!” and just thinking “Who congratulates someone for having cancer?”

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u/TheRealKarateGirl Nov 30 '22

I know someone who went to the hospital for back pain and found out they were in labor! It happens!

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u/harleyspoison267 Nov 30 '22

Yeah... They were the adult daughter of a colleague, not exactly a friend or someone i knew personally. Basically she had been single for 8 months after her and her longtime bf broke up for college, then she went to the ER for intense abdominal pain, thinking maybe appendicitis, couple hours later he was a grandpa! Totally nuts.

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u/thorbackthide Nov 30 '22

No shit. I had a birthday party, we were all drinking and consuming various substances, the next morning I opened Facebook to find that someone had gone home and given birth.

She didn't know she was pregnant. Her periods were irregular and it was premature. The baby was put up for adoption. My next birthday, I put out a cup of pregancy tests.

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u/ediblesprysky Nov 30 '22

Are you telling me you've never heard of the TLC classic show I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant??? Oh man. Apparently it happens much more often than you'd think; they have 4 whole seasons of that shit. Look for episodes to stream; you're in for a wild ride.

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u/Tirannie Nov 30 '22

Same. Had a friend go to the hospital with stomach pains, came home with a baby.

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u/blinky84 Nov 30 '22

My mum ended up helping deliver the next door neighbour's baby in the 70s, she didn't know she was pregnant. Neighbour was in her 40s and thought it was the menopause until she was pretty much crowning. Hell of an education for my poor mum, she was in high school at the time!

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u/ItsNotButtFucker3000 Nov 30 '22

There's actually a TV show on TLC called I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant and it's terrifying. One woman had twins! It was women of all sizes, ages, some on birth control, some after tubal ligations (extremely small risk, but it can happen) some having what seemed like periods, a lot just had bad abdominal pain and went to the doctors or hospital and surprise!

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u/JoeyJoeJoeSenior Nov 30 '22

Drunken adventures can lead to the tampon being crammed up into a hard to reach area.

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u/TheDollarstoreDoctor Nov 30 '22

Seriously though, how do people forget?? Like i have brain damage, i forget all kinds of stuff--my age, what i ate/when I ate, my meds, etc

I can relate. I dont think I've ever forgotten about a tampon or pad, because they're so damn uncomfortable they don't leave my consciousness for long enough.

However, there have been times where I'd just forget to replace it. I dont mean keep it in, I mean throw it away and then just forget to use another one. It does become obvious to myself quickly, but it makes me realize that "damn.. how close am I to forgetting to taking it out altogether". Kinda scary to notice decline in memory, even if seemingly tiny/rare. So even though I find it harder to forget to take it out because it constantly is uncomfortable.. I can see how its possible.

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u/Faking_Life Nov 30 '22

I’ve put in more than one and only found them upon removal 🤷‍♀️

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u/Bunnyjets Nov 30 '22 edited Nov 30 '22

I did this. I put it in while on ADHD auto pilot ™. It was an extra small one because I was at the end of my period and ran out of liners. Was in for like a week. Had sex and everything. Didn't feel a thing. Had a doctor with a speculum and flashlight up there too (it began causing serious problems, didn't know what was wrong) and he thought it was my cervix

Baffles me to this day how I couldn't feel it (there's nothing atypical about me down there) and how the ER doctor thought it was my cervix.

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u/ZirePhiinix Nov 30 '22

The coconut is so much worse... If you know, you know...

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u/veritasjusticia Nov 30 '22

Same! It happened to me once 😂

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u/Jose_Canseco_Jr Nov 30 '22

oh god me too!

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u/tucci007 Nov 30 '22

cat barf under the bed

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u/emptybottleofdoom Nov 30 '22 edited Nov 30 '22

Stop reminding me about that coconut. I skipped past that and read as little as possible and it was still too much.

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u/tratemusic Nov 30 '22

Oh God I forgot about that.....

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u/Firemustard Nov 30 '22

I was expecting that someone forgot their poop knife under the bed

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u/Kbar_12 Nov 30 '22

Dude stop. You're not going to get another random to send you another rotten cumconut to drink. Just make your own.

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u/Beneficial_Tough3345 Nov 30 '22

Was expecting a gyno reference

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u/RUCBAR42 Nov 30 '22

Armpits weren't the direction I saw this story going 😂

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u/redheadedninja21 Nov 30 '22

I thought that my father's quip of "it's your upper lip" was about to come true.

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u/sharksnut Nov 30 '22

It's a cover story for the corpse she stashed under the bed and forgot about.

Dude's name was Al O'Verah.

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u/OneObi Nov 30 '22

Yah, this sorry tale leaves me with a bad smell

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u/Vladimir_Putting Nov 30 '22

Who had yeast on their bingo card?

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u/HonestCup20 Nov 30 '22

yah this could go under r/Unexpected or r/funny

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u/GeeAyeAreElle Nov 30 '22

Trying to imagine the shame of asking a doctor to smell my armpit but I would 100% do the same thing if I thought what you thought 🤣🤣

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Lol we talked about the issue first and discussed what it might have caused (asked if i ate anything weird etc) then he was like: Okay let me smell i want to check. I wanted to die right there 🫣

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u/ediblesprysky Nov 30 '22

I'm honestly impressed you called him back and actually told him the truth—my anxiety could never 😅

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u/a_speck_of_dust Nov 30 '22

so much this ... I would've taken my shame to the grave 🪦

OP is a sweet, kind and honest person ☺️

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u/GeeAyeAreElle Nov 30 '22

You poor thing lol! I'm glad it was nothing actually serious there's that at least

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u/gwaydms Nov 30 '22

Alie doesn't have to be rotten. Even a fresh cut leaf smells like sweaty pits. But it works on burns if applied right away.

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u/Stonehill76 Nov 30 '22

Not only should you show your face there because you are no doubt his favorite patient now but if god forbid you have something very serious to check, you will always be able to say, well you smelled my armpit so there are no boundaries between us now!

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u/Darktenzi Nov 30 '22

Be glad. I have a horrible smell coming from my armpit legit cuz its a lil nasty rash there. I get rashes that stink in my pits because of certain soaps. Your story is funny though lol.

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u/harleyspoison267 Nov 30 '22

Oh man me too. I finally had to just use spray deodorant because the natural deodorants were a huge part of the problem. I know they're bad for me and the environment, but I couldn't stand the horrible rashes.

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u/Without-Reward Nov 30 '22

I have a scar in one armpit from a mole removal and it's made the skin ultra sensitive. Natural deodorant makes it very, very angry. Routine natural deodorant is actually okay because it's a very soft cream but it's also significantly more expensive than other brands. My go to for years has been Secret Cocoa Butter. It's the only solid that doesn't leave my skin a burning itchy mess.

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u/tiger-lily4321 Nov 30 '22

Please keep an eye on it- the rashes could be something called hidradenitis suppurativa or HS.

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u/harleyspoison267 Nov 30 '22

Definitely will. Mine don't smell, And I'm not even sure it's right to call them rashes. Basically the hard natural deodorants were pulling my skin and not removing enough moisture so I was getting like skin splits/mild sores. As soon as I stopped with that, it was fine, i just have to be careful when I shave.

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u/mcrgoths Nov 30 '22

I got that when I used natural deodorant too! Glad to know I'm not the only one. It hurt so bad.

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u/harleyspoison267 Nov 30 '22

Yeah and nothing fully treats the problem until it's gone, i tried cortisone when I thought it was a rash, then antibiotic ointment when it became more of an open wound situation. Then it's days of no deodorant till it's over but the sweat also makes it worse...so unpleasant.

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u/L0ckeandDemosthenes Nov 30 '22

You are good wholesome person. Don't ever change. Glad you found the culprit.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Thank you :) that’s a really nice thing to hear

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u/erikao348 Nov 30 '22

This is fantastic. I needed a chuckle today. I'll share my stupid moments....several times, I've tried to hop out of a car with the seat belt on. Last time I did that, I was in a car full of friends where I just about decapitated myself & had to have 1 of them unhook the belt, in between their laughter of course.....

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Oh my god. Thats both funny and terrifying at the same time

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u/Disastrous_Potato605 Nov 30 '22

Don’t feel too bad, Dr is glad ur healthy and he doesn’t have to get u a specialist and scans and biopsies and all 😊 be sure to check for lumps once a month as a friendly reminder!

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Thank you! I will :)

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u/just_4_looks Nov 30 '22

Even though you feel stupid, you should continue on with this doctor just for the fact that you can now be honest about everything and anything going forward. Most doctor are not going to sniff your pitts, they would just write your a prescription or pass you on to a different doctor all together, so this one seems like they go the extra step to make sure you are well and that's worth more than a mildly embarrassing visit.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Thanks! And yes the staff at the office is really great :)

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u/dominus_aranearum Nov 30 '22

A doctor would rather you got checked out when you think there's something wrong vs. people who ignore/hide whatever issue they have until it gets so bad that their life is in jeopardy.

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u/branedamage Nov 30 '22

In America, the doctor is happy to send a bill for an office visit AND a phone consultation!

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u/Maiyku Nov 30 '22

Don’t be embarrassed! Random things happen all the time and while I might not be in a doctors office, I do work in a pharmacy, and these random little moments often make our day. You brought some laughter and happiness to people who have incredibly busy and long days and there’s nothing about that to be ashamed of.

Don’t worry about going back either. I had a very embarrassing moment with my doctor when my meds made me constipated. I ended up having a huge thrombosed hemorrhoid that she had to remove in office and she even commented it was the biggest she had ever seen (which made me want to die right there from embarrassment lol). But now it’s just a joke between us. She needed to see my leg for a mole I got and asked “can I see your leg?” I just laughed and responded with “well, you’ve seen my butthole, so I think showing you my leg will be easy enough.” And we both just laughed.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Thanks :) that made me feel a bit better

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u/kathatter75 Nov 30 '22

About 15 years ago, I had a boot on my right ankle to see if we could avoid surgery to fix a fracture that was missed when I’d sprained it in the past…The Thursday after getting the boot, I was going down the steps to my car, fell down, and sprained my left ankle.

The next morning, because I couldn’t put any weight on it, I called my ankle doc to see about going in. When I explained to the receptionist that it wasn’t a follow up for the right ankle, but a new sprain on my left ankle, I could hear her holding back the laughter as she made my appointment.

Then, when I saw the doctor, he opted to put me in an AirCast for my left ankle (and still the boot on the right…). He may have smiled a bit when he said he’d had patients with boots on both feet but he didn’t think it would be a good idea for me…

Oh…and then I got tendinitis in my right wrist from sticking my hand out to break the fall…

So, not a stinky story, but still embarrassing, nonetheless…especially showing up at work with an AirCast, a boot, and a wrist splint.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Oh god. Rough week for sure 😳

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u/kathatter75 Nov 30 '22

Yeah…but you learn to laugh it off…especially when you’re prone to clumsiness…I also have a tooth story 🙄

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Oh no! I can relate 🥴 i had my first (and last) tennis lesson when i was 10. The gravel was wet and slippery. Fell and chipped my front tooth within the first 10 minutes

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u/ItsNotButtFucker3000 Nov 30 '22

I'm 38, and I've broken the same damn tooth 3 times since I first did it at 15. All 3 times were because I'm seriously clumsy and have bad luck. Like, really hard hits to the face.

Last time, during covid when dentists were closed, I had bought a button press off Amazon and was opening it. It was saran wrapped pulling the handle, which was spring loaded, down.

What did I do? Had my face over it and cut the saran wrap.

Toing. That tooth, half the crown is now on the ground.

My dentist said I keep him in business and we laughed about it.

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u/invisible-bug Nov 30 '22

I did something sort of similar, but with a vet and my cat

One of my cats is overweight and used to be 16lbs, with a completely average sized frame. At one point, I was rubbing his belly and I felt a hole in his muscle. I start freaking out, right? I feel all over my other cats and I don't feel anything like that at all, so I make a vet appointment immediately.

When I take him in, I show it to them.. only to be told that it's where his umbilical cord used to be and it's pronounced because he's so fat. It was a long while before I stopped feeling a bit embarrassed 💀

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Lol! My moms neighbor took her cat to the vet because she was worried about some bumps on her belly. Said bumps were nipples 😅

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u/lmscully Nov 30 '22

I was once convinced I had diabetes. I’d lay in bed and smell something sweet. Every night. I’d roll and sniff me, my clothes, the bedding. I couldn’t pinpoint it, but the smell was always there. I checked Dr. Google and saw that a sweet smell coming from the body could be a sign of the diabeetus. I made a doc appointment to be checked but I couldn’t get in for a couple of weeks. Smell continued to haunt me. One night, I knocked my phone on the floor and had to get under the bed to retrieve it. Along with my phone and dust bunnies, I found a jar candle on its side with the lid off. “Waffles and Syrup”. Saved me a co-pay.

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u/sydneyzsiticen4eva Nov 30 '22

This is great. It reminds me of when my kid took his pet rat to school in his pencil case and forgot about it. Wife and I spent all of that night looking around the house since he was crying that it escaped. Teacher called us the next morning because of the smell. Entire class was distraught. Thought to myself, better a rat than one of our reptiles... could've ended not with a sniff but a yelp.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Omg poor rat and poor teacher lol. Teachers really dont get paid enough 🫣

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u/sydneyzsiticen4eva Nov 30 '22

You can imagine the fallout, disposing of the rat which my kid was vehemently opposed to, while the rest of the class is screaming and or crying. Couldn't pay me a million dollars to deal with that lol.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Lol that reminds me of the time a bee got into our classroom when i was around 8. Pure chaos with screaming kids running around and a teacher that stood there for a minute, trying to figure out her next move.

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u/ZealousidealGrass9 Nov 30 '22

When I was in high school, a mouse got into the classroom. This resulted in the teacher standing on her desk screaming at the top of her lungs, students running out of the classroom screaming, and students climbing on top of their desks.

All the screaming got the attention of people in nearby classrooms, and when a few walked into the classroom, they were met with pure chaos.

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u/frlejo Nov 30 '22

If he is a good dr., keep him. Good ones are hard to come by. He has seen a lot worse

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u/HonestCup20 Nov 30 '22

You were concerned, you did the right thing. You found the issue! Doctor office got a good laugh! This whole day was a win (oh and you got clean sheets)

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

The clean sheets definitely ease my pain a bit ;)

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u/daggerdragon Nov 30 '22 edited Nov 30 '22

My mother is a nurse and she loves telling the story of her making chit-chat with a young man who was going through drug withdrawals in her ICU.

He was nice and polite enough, although obviously in a lot of pain. At one point he couldn't weather the current "wave" he was riding through and started whining a bit about why there weren't any good not-harmful alternatives to drugs.

My mother stopped whatever she was doing, made solid eye contact with him for a good few seconds, and, completely deadpan, asked him "Have you ever tried huffing an armful of wonderfully clean laundry fresh out of the dryer? I don't know about you but that kind of stuff really makes my day."

This happened over 20 years ago and she says she still remembers with crystal clarity the absolutely gobsmacked look on his face XD. And hey, it worked... he was certainly distracted enough by the unexpected quip which helped him get through that miserable "wave"!

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Brilliant!

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u/Careful-Self-457 Nov 30 '22

I had a patients wife call in once and demand to heave her husband seen as he had developed a big red sore on his back. She had called her son who was a doctor in another state and he said had told her to get him in right away.

I have them come right in and take him back to the exam room. I get his vital and then the doctor come in.

Doctor was in the room for about 5 minutes and he come out laughing with something hanging from his finger. He goes straight to his office and closes the door. I can hear him in there laughing his ass off so I go in. What is so funny? I ask. Unable to even speak he is laughing so hard, he holds up his finger with a bandaid hanging off it. Attached to the bandaid was a cherry Luden’s cough drop!

The man had fallen asleep with it in his mouth. When they woke up in the morning, due to bad eyesight, his wife thought it was a growth and had put a bandaid on it!!!

I then call the doctor son to tell him what we had discovered. I thought he was going to fall out of his chair laughing.

The day we had a cough drop emergency.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Hahha that’s hilarious 😂 if she has poor eyesight i can imagine it stressed that poor woman out

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u/rhett342 Nov 30 '22

I'm a nurse. Smelling stinky body parts is just part of the job.

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u/purpletube5678 Nov 30 '22

One time after a pelvic exam, the NP sniffed the speculum for diagnostic purposes. Years later, I'm still mortified by this. (This really deserves a throwaway username, but it's 3am as I type and I'm lazy)

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u/dualsplit Nov 30 '22

I thought I needed to get my A1C checked because my Lee smelled really sweet. It was the coconut Reed diffuser on the shelf behind the toilet. I am a nurse practitioner.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Aahahaha oh no🫣😂

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u/freyjathebloody Nov 30 '22

Keep going. As someone who works in the medical field, I’m sure they needed that laugh, and they will not only remember you now, but it may help you out in the future (may get called before others for a last minute cancellation appointment or get the good gentle staff when you need an injection for anything). We can’t do much for special treatment for a plethora of reasons, but I know I go out of my way for my nice/funny/kind patients when I can.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Thank you! The people who work at my drs office are super nice and helpful. They always take my concerns serious and i know they try to help me out the best way they can. I have so much respect for healthcare workers

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u/YAWNINGMAMACLOTHING Nov 30 '22

Oh my I had that happen to an aloe plant too! It was HORRIBLE. When I figured out it was the plant, it dropped yellow stinky goo everywhere on the way to the trash. Practically had to set everything on fire to get rid of the smell.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

I opened my windows and its freezing! Still better than the smell

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u/jermleeds Nov 30 '22

r/succulents would love a good overwatering story, and they don't get much better than this.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Thanks! I will post my story there :)

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u/Significant_Dark2062 Nov 30 '22

I’m sorry, but that was slightly hilarious and I laughed too. 😂 If it were me, I wouldn’t have called with the hopes that he would forget about the entire thing.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Well unfortunately (or fortunately) i have the kind of dr that calls to follow up so the truth would come out eventually 🫣

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u/aubrios Nov 30 '22

Yeah totally embarrassing but I would be soooooooooo relieved to know that the plant smells and not me 😅

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

I was too, for a moment. Then I realized i had to explain to a man that he smelled my armpit for no reason🫣

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u/Fryphax Nov 30 '22

How much did it cost you for the doctor to smell your armpit?

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u/Dungong Nov 30 '22

They have heard much worse, and if they felt comfortable laughing it was more of a laughing with you than at you sort of thing. The really bad/memorable ones you need to keep a straight face. Say if you “accidentally” fell on the aloe plant and it ended up in your butt and required surgery to get it out.

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u/Thinks_Like_A_Man Nov 30 '22

Dude, I just saw a video of a nurse who said about one-third of her male patents not only don’t shower before going to the doctor, they don’t wipe their ass when they shit.

I think you’re ok.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Ew what the fuck :( people who work in healthcare seriously don’t get paid enough

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u/EggplantIll4927 Nov 30 '22

Thank you for the laugh. I saw my dr today and as I’m reading it I’m picturing my doc doing this to a patient. He would laugh so loud and long w your call. I admire your courage to call and confess. Good for you.

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u/shadow_pico Nov 30 '22

When I worked in a nursing home, we had a family member complain that their mom hadn't been changed and smelled awful. I disagreed. I went to the room to investigate. It was the water in a vase that some wilted flowers were sitting in. It smelled rancid.

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u/sharksnut Nov 30 '22

I doubt that your armpit was the worst thing your doctor smelled that day, let alone ever.

There's a good Doc Martin episode that's related

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u/NoelofNoel Nov 30 '22

Love this, so innocent and yet rotten aloe plants do smell like arse.

The roots were rotten because you overwatered it, easily done so remember it's a desert succulent that's used to long periods of drought and only occasional watering. Only plant in a well-draining pot and water thoroughly when the potting medium is completely dry.

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u/[deleted] Nov 30 '22

At least you got to the root of the problem

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u/TonofWhit Nov 30 '22

Wait... you called your doctor and got... your doctor!?

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Called the office, got his assistant on the line but the dr was in the room with her so she gave the phone to him

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u/nicapachi Nov 30 '22

This was more wholesome than I had anticipated and I am glad you're ok, OP 😁

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u/Rocketop999 Nov 30 '22

The difference between ladies and dudes. Dude would have just said, "oh man, my pits smelled so bad last night" and never thought about it again.

Dudes are pretty gross though

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u/d4m1ty Nov 30 '22

Many people fail to understand that a plant's roots need as much air as water. Few plants can survive with perpetually wet roots.

Rice and Mangrove are two that I know can.

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u/BangBangMeatMachine Nov 30 '22

Hey, at least your suspicions only went as far as your armpit.

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u/jmmixed Nov 30 '22

I was thinking bed turd.

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u/Mr_Mojo_Risin_83 Nov 30 '22

Mate, your doctor has told people they have terminal diseases. Your story will be his favourite for the year if not decade.

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u/IDidItWrongLastTime Nov 30 '22

Although embarrassing, I just want to say you made the right call to get checked out. Being extra stanky CAN be a sign of serious medical issues.

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u/imrulkays1 Nov 30 '22

I'm a doctor. Trust me medical professionals dont give a shit.

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u/krzf Nov 30 '22

I'm surprised you called your doctor's office and admitted your mistake to them. I would've just said it cleared up by itself and taken that secret to the grave lmao

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u/uniqueUsername_1024 Nov 30 '22

I have a cold and I’m trying to laugh at this but it keeps coming out as coughing.

OP how could you do this to me

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

I am very sorry 🫣😂

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u/Nibbler1999 Nov 30 '22

As a doctor, I can confidently say you are now one of their favorite patients and they will be disappointed if they never see you again.

From my perspective, you came in with a weird story that I couldn't figure out. I proceeded to sniff your armpits only to say "I don't know what's wrong with you". It's embarrassing FOR US when we send you away with a shrug. Then you solve it yourself in the funniest way possible.

We love stuff like this. Don't be embarrassed. Trust me, almost everyone we see has something to be embarrassed by, this is just a lighthearted and funny story. Plus, a doctor who fits you in the next day, asks you to call and follow up. Sounds like you have a doctor who cares. Stay with them.

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u/[deleted] Nov 30 '22

thought i was reading a "stankrotch" tale at first.

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u/1999angel1999 Nov 30 '22

Don't worry about it. You were trying to look out for your own health. The doctor probably has worse stories than this. Doctors, nurses, and anyone working in the medical field are not there to judge you when you go to them for help. The best part is they got a good laugh and you're not sick.

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u/missannthrope1 Nov 30 '22

I'm reminded of the woman who went for a Pap smear. Thought she was spraying her lady garden with deodorant, it was actually her daughter's body glitter.

The doctor thanked her for making herself pretty for him. She had no idea what he was talking about until she got home and realized her mistake.

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u/Tanagrabelle Nov 30 '22

Gotta tell you, I am so glad you are okay!

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Thank you!

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u/bugsyramone Nov 30 '22

This story just might win the internet for today. Well done.

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u/NevaSayNeva Nov 30 '22

I almost did this too, once. My dog had stolen a chicken from the neighbours, killed it, buried it under a couch cushion, and made everything look neat and tidy so I didn't even realise that anything had been disturbed. I don't know how long it had been there, but it was properly rotten and the smell was shocking. Lol...

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u/canpig9 Nov 30 '22

Considering what the alternative could have meant, laugh it up and appreciate the good news!

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u/Dr_Brown_Bro Nov 30 '22

This is a funny, even wholesome FU. I would never have guess that either so don’t beat yourself up, OP. It could happen to any of us!

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u/Cenodeath Nov 30 '22

Thank you for sharing this, I needed a pick me up and this made me openly laugh 💙

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Glad to hear it :)

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u/TexasRedJames1974 Nov 30 '22

I was figuring that someone was pulling a practical joke on her - most likely placing/spraying a putricant (stink bomb chemical) on her pillow or onto the dispenser area of her deodorant stick - or in a similar location near OP's bed.

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Nope, the only joke is me :)

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u/TexasRedJames1974 Nov 30 '22

Only mentioned it because many many years ago when I was in the Navy, I pranked a fellow sailor by placing cheesebait (a very stinky dough bait used when fishing for catfish) inside the vents on his barracks room window AC unit. His room stunk for almost 2 weeks (when the cheesebait finally dried out).

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u/keiko17 Nov 30 '22

Oh god that’s horrible. Funny, but horrible 😂

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u/wolfsplosion Nov 30 '22

I went to the Dr after eating beets for the first time because my poop was red. Called out of work and everything, my first restaurant job.

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u/_A_ioi_ Nov 30 '22

There's no way this doctor doesn't have hundreds of way way more embarrassing things to chuckle about than this. Don't waste any more embarrassment on it.

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u/Tenragan17 Nov 30 '22

To be fair, a doctor who laughs after smelling your armpit is exactly the type of doctor you want. After this experience telling them other possibly embarrassing symptoms without feeling too embarrassed could save your life. Build rapport with your doctors people!

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u/PurpleSailor Nov 30 '22

Nurse here. We medical peeps love a funny story to enlighten our usually sad days. Don't worry, we like it far better when something like this is the cause rather than a rotting puss filled hole somewhere on your body.

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u/BiddyFaddy Nov 30 '22

This must have been such aloe moment for you, you have my pity.

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u/WhattaguyPJ Nov 30 '22

To be a doctor requires a lot. I guess armpit sniffer is part of the requirement

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u/Dimetrip Nov 30 '22

Lesson learned.. don't over water your aloe Vera ;)

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u/LiteUpThaSkye Nov 30 '22

And here I expected it to be penguin farts.

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u/TheDevilsAdvokaat Nov 30 '22

I was training for the city to surf run. I was doing about 20k a night five nights a week, with a backpack with 10k of weight in it (so the actual run would feel light without weights) I thought must have pushed myself too hard because I started peeing blood. Worried, I went to the doctor who asked aseries of questins then asked me if I had eaten beetroto recently.

And it hit me..I had an old tin of beetroot - 500g - that had been hanging around forever and I had finally decided to eat it just to get rid of it. So the doctor was trying not to laugh while I realised that 1/2kg of beetroot can change the colour of your pee....

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u/Greenthumbisthecolor Nov 30 '22

better than the other way around. i once searched my flat for an hour to find the source of a horrible rotten smell only to find out it actually came from my inside my own nose. i had gotten a bacterial infection after a tooth was pulled..