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03/08/2012

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Karen in Ohio

Omigod, Kathy, you are a much-needed breath of fresh air. Thank you for this blog!

Yeah, yeah. This "small government" thing, when does THAT happen? And who's business is it, who we have sex with, or not, anyway? Enough, already.

Alan P.

First, as the IT guy, there is no possible reason for me to be in an exam room unless I am a patient. If you think your doctor thinks HIPAA is a pain, the docs pain is a splinter, the hospital's IT department thinks its a severed limb.

"Have you ever had sex with..." I was a Pheresis donor for 20 years. Every month would be the list of questions about who I had sex with. For the curious, the following are no no's: IV drug users; prostitutes; men (if you are a man), known homosexual men (if you are a woman) and for a time, immigrants from several countries. It is just as well I am married. We donors used to joke about bringing are checklist with us to a singles bar.

"You are nice and all, and we seem to be having a great time, but before this goes much further, have you taken IV drugs, even once including steroids?" Sort of kills the mood.

Karen in Ohio

Alan, a friend of ours used to own a multi-state chain of plasmapheresis centers. Your story's pretty funny; I'll have to share it!

Ramona

Interesting. Methinks an insurance company is behind this. Can we all say "risky behaviors" together?

The last time I was interrogated about my sex life was in the church confessional. It was also the last time I went to confession.

Josh

Darn. Yes, and no. As long as the first question involves just myself.

And, funny to say, and this may be because I'm Jewish and just a step from a Borsht-Belt comedian, but I would have given the exact opposite answer from yours, i.e., "No, I am married."

Gaylin

No I am not sexually active, darn.
No new partners in the recent past either.

I don't like cooking breakfast for other people.

When I go for my lady-bits exam, I bring a beautiful pareo (sarong) from Tahiti and use that for my own cover-up. A green alternative to those stupid paper things.

I had to stop donating blood because of low blood pressure & chronic anemia. The last time I did the questionnaire was very long and probably stopped a lot of people from even trying to donate.

Karen in Ohio

Gaylin, I like your style. And I may adopt the own-pareo idea for my own!

Storyteller Mary

Gaylin, I love it! Definitely taking my own cover-up next time! Metro Imaging has lovely cloth capes for the mammograms. The staff actually made them when they first opened the facility, but since then a manufacturer has adopted their design, so they don't have to have sewing parties to cover their patients.
Kathy, you beloved smart-ass! Thanks for the chuckles. You are so tolerant of odd situations. The IT person? I recently saw a gyn. for the first time in years, and the "sexually active" question surprised me. Now I know it's just the new normal routine . . .
I said, "No, good men are hard to find," and she said, "I've noticed that, too." (and she is young and very pretty, so I don't feel so bad).
I've told the Red Cross people they should begin with "Have you had sex in the past year (or whatever)?" as the first question, and "if no, skip to #99" instead of asking all the variants over and over, rubbing it in, as it were.
It reminds me of Green Eggs and Ham, "Have, you have you, with a bi?" "Would you, would you for a fee?"

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