Sunday, April 16, 2006

Only in America

Since I was going to the doctor anyway, I asked when I called in on Friday morning if I could get my cholesterol checked.

Nurse: You would have to fast for twelve hours.

Me: Great! I haven't eaten any breakfast yet.

Nurse: But your appointment is not until 3:15 pm.

Me: (silence)

Nurse: It's just, that's a long time to fast.

That afternoon I went to the doctor's office, where I explained again that I would like, in addition to the free drugs, a cholesterol test.

Doctor: Have you been fasting?

Me: Yes.

Doctor: That's a long time to go without food. Are you okay.

Me: Um. Yes.

Doctor: Okay.

Note to my readers: In many parts of the world it is not considered a big deal to go without food for 21 hours. But I am glad to be considered some sort of master of self-discipline here in my homeland.

1 comment:

  1. ex-pat in ea10:16 PM

    thought maybe you'd enjoy this story...
    only in east asia:
    while sitting in the waiting room of world link (a healthcare office uniting healthcare providers around the world) a cute little nurse calls a name. when no one responds to the name that was called she proceeds to travel around the entire waiting room showing all of the contents of a folder clearly marked "CONFIDENTIAL" to everyone sitting there in hopes of finding the rightful owner of the name she made a vain attempt at pronouncing.

    good times all around the world.

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