A Funny Encounter with a Health Professional

This is a repost from my CaringBridge site. I have been looking for a way to lighten up a bit my ever busy life looking after my immediate and extended family from afar. Writing is also another way of unwinding so I will start documenting here later, as my time permits, the work I do so you get to understand and appreciate what I go through daily in performing my job as a full time long distance family administrator. That’s a job title my husband has given me after I resigned from my day job as a School Nurse back in June 2002. Lately, he added a new title, a virtual social worker, as he is a witness to all my daily activities and a big help, he is in allowing me to perform my job very well.  He is, you see, my main provider for all my logistics needs. The second part of my story I started the last entry will have to be delayed a bit, although I already wrote more than half of it. I was actually intending to post everything I wrote then but the story was quite long so I decided to cut it short and post the rest as a Part 2. It may even be extended to Part 3. Anyway, here is something which I know will give you some amusement. . .

This incident happened in May 2006. I went to a dentist to complain about a swollen gum. Thinking that a wisdom tooth could be the culprit, but unsure, the lady dentist ordered for an X-ray of my teeth. Off I went to Dai’ya Clinic where the X-ray section was located. As soon as the technician saw me – about 20 minutes after I’ve given my order form – he instructed me to remove my pair of earrings and necklace.

While removing one pair of the earrings, I asked him if I should remove my hearing aids, too. I saw the look of curiosity in his eyes as he observed me remove my hearing aid from my left ear and put it on the table atop a piece of tissue. Then I noticed he looked surprised when he saw me remove the other hearing aid from my right ear. With both hearing aids off my ear, I then informed him that I practically am not hearing anything so if he needed to give me further instruction, he should tap my shoulder and make some motion.

As I was preparing to position myself in the X-ray machine, I remembered my upper seven-dispersed-porcelain-tooth denture and asked the tech if I should remove it as well. I can’t explain the expression on his face but he sure looked odd as he observed me remove my denture and put it among my earlier removed gadgets on the table. While being positioned on the X-ray machine, I felt his tap on my right shoulder. I turned my head towards his direction and I saw him motioning something in front of his eyes. Then he pointed at my pair of glasses and saw him saying something. I couldn’t hear him, remember?

‘Ah my glasses! Of course I have to remove it as well,” I said, getting amused that time with the look on his face. He must have thought me weird!

I was in fact silently laughing while he took the X-ray as I imagined a scene in my mind. What if I had artificial eyes? I would have them removed as well, wouldn’t I? The right eye then the left eye . . . Then if I did, the technician will surely faint this time! Ha!Ha!Ha!

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Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

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