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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The things you see...


...when you're in a doctor's waiting room for a while.

I always bring a book, because, you know, it's going to be a long wait.

Although my book was highly entertaining and actually making me chuckle out loud, I did manage to look up at the other poor souls who were also gathering cobwebs waiting.

Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw.

Sitting 5 chairs away from me, without the benefit of a buffer person, was a guy. He seemed ok. Until I made the mistake of looking at him a bit more carefully.

He was holding a jar, you know those medical sample jars... the ones with orange tops? So far, no biggie. It's just that, he had apparently already collected his sample. AND I COULD SEE IT! *gag*
A mere 6 feet away from me was a man sitting quietly holding a jar of urine and having a conversation with the woman sitting next to him while she popped some orange Tic Tacs.



Now folks, I've taken samples in (when you've been pregnant at least once, this is a given...) but at least I had the decency to put it in a bag. Crap (Oh GOD could you imagine if a stool sample had been required! GAK!), even winos have enough common sense to keep their bottles in bags.

I started to wonder if he gathered his sample at home and brought it in. And if so, did he put it in the cup holder in his car? Yeah, think of that next time you put your piping hot java goodness in the cup holder in someone else's car... or a rental.

*blink*

Was his aim good? Or is he like some of the boys (say Jack) in Vodka Mom's kindergarten class...

My mind was reeling... And nothing good would come from all these questions.

I saw a strange man's pee and it wasn't even in the snow.

I regretted looking up.

36 comments:

Jean Knee said...

Ha! I really agree with you all bodily waste products should be covered up.

thinking of it in the cup holder made me spew

Cat said...

Wow, that's pretty strange. You'd think he'd want to preserve a little privacy and dignity. I'm always embarrassed just to slide the thing through that little trap door in the ladies room at my doctor's office!

Travis Erwin said...

Least it wasn't a semen sample.

ciara said...

most places send you home w the cup & a bag. maybe he 'wanted' ppl to see his sample so he could have his 'whateverwaswrongwithhim' validated lol i don't know. but yeah, ewww. i don't want to see other ppl's pee or stools.

lmao @ travis

Jay said...

At least he didn't forget what it was while he was chatting up some chick and take a sip of it!

I hate sitting in the lobby of a Dr's office. Hanging out with all those sick people sucks! ;-)

Sarah's Blogtastic Adventures said...

Ick..at least you weren't at a Sperm Bank ; )

Desert Songbird said...

You know, you mention this flagrant urine, and then the wine in the bag, and you KNOW where my mind traveled, don't you?

buffalodick said...

Once, about 9 yrs ago, I was in a hospital/physical rehab for 3 weeks... Once home, I had to collect urine samples for like 4 days in a row, and then have tested.. I had been so desensitized by the medical lack of modesty, decorum, and dignity- I was sitting in the waiting room with a jug of piss, not even thinking who I might be offending!
It occurred to me on the way home, and I was mortified!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

well, um, if it looked like chocolate pudding BUT wasn't, or looked like yogurt BUT wasn't, that may have been worse than pee...

Bond said...

See what you get from snooping on others!

bwahahahahahahahahha

:::checks::: OK, no grammatical errors here.

Akelamalu said...

Some things should not be seen in public! Gross.

Akelamalu said...

Some things should not be seen in public! Gross.

Anndi said...

JeanKnee: Just before I thought of the cup holder, I had been enjoying my own Java goodness. *shudder*

Cat: Maybe it's a girl thing. I mean, men do like to write their name in the snow...

Travis Erwin: Oh... ewwwwwwwwww!

Ciara: But I wasn't waiting in the mental ward... this time.

Jay: Always seeing the silver lining, or is it golden...

Sarah: I just got flashbacks of my fav commercial... LOL

Songbird: I wondered if someone would mention that... hehehe

Buff: a jug? Like a milk jug?

Gary: EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

Bond: pfffffffft! You missed an "a".

Anndi said...

Ake: Exactly! I knew you'd understand. ;)

Cameron said...

a) What if it wasn't pee, or poop, but another type of sample?

b) what if he set it on the hood of his car to dig his keys out, then forgot it and took off? it spilled, he had to go home and refill it ;)

Anndi said...

Cameron: a)Well, it was the right colour to be pee.. and if his other bodily fluids are that colour he has some serious issues.
b) I should have checked the streets for streaks of yellow snow?

You know, you and I together... we ask WAY too many questions.

Brian o vretanos said...

Delightful...

It might not be his. He might have been delivering it on behalf of someone else.

They used to employ people to sniff samples, as they can diagnose various conditions that way.

Blarney said...

Ewww! :::blink::: Ewww!

Kate said...

That's just plain old rotten luck!

Anndi said...

Brian: There is no person on earth whose urine cup I would hold without it being in a bag.
And... ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Blarney: Exactly! EWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

Kate: Am I just a freak magnet? Or is it because I actually notice this stuff? Either way? It's a curse.

Meli said...

EEEWWWWW!

At least it wasn't a sperm sample.

david mcmahon said...

Maybe, just MAYBE, he was looking for the poop deck.

Real Live Lesbian said...

Ew ew ew ew ew!

I'm never renting another car thanks to you!!! ;)

Ron said...

OMG, Anndi....when you first started talking about this, I actually DID it was a POOP sample you were going to say!!!!

And I would have freaking DIED!!!

But I TOTALLY agree with you....

...for god sake, put it in a BAG!!!

*ya see....us LIBRA'S think of those things!!

tee, hee!

Anndi said...

Meli: There seems to be a consensus about the ewwwww across all women readers, and the thought of little guys floating around a jar also seems to be on many minds. Thanks for stopping by!

David: HA! That hadn't occurred to me (thank goodness!!)

RLL: Yup and sorry... hadn't you ever imagined what kind of filthy habits people engaged in while in rentals? Like wiping boogies off their fingers?

Ron: Had there been an actual poop sample, I WOULD have died.
Our thought process sometimes leads to disturbing, yet interesting thoughts! ;)

Heinous said...

It's not hard to come up with a little common courtesy. Sheesh.

TopChamp said...

Wee I think I could cope with. Poo would be gross!

Can't imagine just sitting there eating next to someone else's wee though.

Tamara said...

Hi, I'm new to your blog. Hilarious post. Reminded me of something...

My mother's a doctor and when she was in first year at varsity, the prof was teaching the students how to test sugar in the urine. He told them you have to taste it. Sp he dipped a finger in the urine. Then he licked his finger. The students all did the same. The difference was that he dipped one finger and licked a completely different finger, whereas they each dipped and licked the same one.

Now THAT is gross!

Turnbaby said...

Oh my!

And that cat face---made me SPEW!

Anndi said...

Your Heinous: You would think.

TopChamp: I just hope I didn't touch anything he touched.

Tamara: Hehehe! And that? Is why HE's the teacher. Welcome back anytime! Nice to have you visit.

Anndi said...

Turnbaby: Here's a towel. hehehe!

"Oh my"... isn't that IM speak? *wink*

The Stiletto Mom said...

I just threw up in my mouth a little. I adore that cat picture...and it is so true!

Thanks for coming by my blog...am off to snoop around here a little...don't mind me...I'll be quiet and try not to leave a mess behind. :)

Anndi said...

SM: I almost looked like Barfy Cat when I realized what he was holding.

Snoop all you want, the maid will pick up any messes ;) Just don't take any shoes.

Lisa said...

A man can't hit a freaking toilet opening, how the hell did this guy hit the little bottle and not have any spillage? He didn't, I'm sure!

YUCK!!!!!

Someone pass that poor b*stard a brown baggy please. I am sure his mother would have been mortified!

The Hussy Housewife said...

I am glad you liked your gifts...don't have to much fun. If you need a driver call me!

nitebyrd said...

People tend to do the stupidest things. I worked for a urologist and a post-vasectomy patient bought his specimen in a wad of tin-foil! We did supply each patient a container and bag to place it in. I'm wondering what tin-man did with his container?