Good post agracier, and well put. I tend to be a bit harsh when it comes to patients bitching and moaning about topics like this. I condone, appreciate, and respect, patients who are well versed and educated with their own personal medical conditions, treatments and medications. I think everyone should get a handle on their own medical care as welll as have a good "working" relationship and mutual respect with their health care providers that way things just work better for everyone.
But patients need to both understand and realize that you have come to us to fix you, heal you and to get you back to your normal self as quickly as possible. If you have any common sense what so ever, it would tell you that if you are having a baby you are going to have to drop your pants, or if you are usually having any kind of major surgery the clothes are going to be coming off prior to going to the OR.
If you are sick enough, or there is something wrong enough with you to warrent a trip to the OR, I am guessing you have more important things to be worrying about than whether or not a medical professional is going to be seeing some skin, just sayin. Worry about stuff that matters. I know you have already heard this before, but we really have seen it all before. And before someone says, "but it's my body and you have not seen it before". Right you are there, but we don't really care. You have come to us to fix you, in order to fix you sometimes we have to see some extra skin, or some naughty bits.
Do you think we want to see your naughty bits? Do you think it excites us when we see your naughty bits? Do you think we even care about seeing your naughty bits or will remember your naughty bits? Ummm, I can honestly and without a doubt answer them all with a resounding NO. Unless of course you have some sort of crazy medical abnormality that we have never seen before, but again, we really have seen it all before.
So patients please, get over yourselves already. Stop whinning about stupid crap that doesn't matter and let us do the job you or medicaid is paying us to do. And let me give you a heads up and a little inside information. When we get patients who whine about things like this, patients who constantly are on their call lights, who think they are the only patient we have to take care of, who think for some reason they are in more pain than everyone else, or think that they need for us to be their own personal slaves because after all they are paying us to take care of them, we usually think to ourselves what a total ass you are being. We also do not think very highly of you and while you will still get the best medical care from us we can give you, that will be it, there will be no extras, no extra icecream, no extra chit chat. If there are two call lights on at the same time, chaces are yours will not be answered first. Seems a bit harsh, but that's the reality of how it works. Try very hard not to piss off your medical professionals, thats a very bad thing, lol. And please never forget, there is always someone sicker than you, someone always in more pain than you are and always someone that needs more attention than you seem to think you need and or deserve.