A new way to look at "doctor checkups"

United States
March 14, 2008 7:23pm CST
You know how now you kind of have to go every now and then to get a doctor checkup? Well in the future supposedly you'll be able to do it all from home such as toilets that collect information to send directly to your doctor as well as many other types of things to send directly to your doctor through the internet. It sounds pretty interesting, what do you think about it?
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I really like the idea especially if the results could be relayed to the patient faster than waiting 3-5 days for lab test results. Personally, I don't feel the need to have one on one contact with the doctor unless I have a specific problem that can only be dealt with by making an appointment.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
15 Mar 08
That seems really nice, instead of getting dressed and everything to go see your doctor.
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@wisconsin26 (3859)
• United States
16 Mar 08
That is very interesting indeed however I don't think that is going to be possible, Than again who really knows right.. but if you really think about it how are certain tests going to reach the doctor threw a toilet.. I mean really... It does sound a bit crazy that's for sure...
• United States
16 Mar 08
haha, who knows. This is what I heard that "supposedly might happen." on some news channel. Anything is seeming to be possible in this day and age, lol.
• United States
16 Mar 08
I don't know, I'd rather see the doctor personally for a checkup, rather than sending my samples in for this and that. I would be too scared, it could get mis-sent just like the mail and then I would end up with a bad diagnosis. For checkups I would really rather physically see the doctor for things like this. Although things seem like they are already going in that direction. They've had home pregnancy tests for years, and the way they are improving them, you'll be able to tell you're pregnant 3 days before you are pregnant lol. They also just came out with tests to let you know if you have a yeast infection, or something worse (uhh-oh) that a woman can do at home. I am scared of those too. I am not that promiscuous, and have never in 27 (well, almost) years had an STD; however, if I were to get into a situation where I needed to know, I would definately go to the doctor instead of using the test. What if I misread it and I think I have something minor, when I actually got some big monkey going on down there?!? I would have to get an expert because that is too sensitive an area to be guessing in. I know I am a total hypocrite for saying it though, because I am the same person who will not go back to the hospital for a shot. I use depo-provera birth control, but the OB-GYN clinic that I go to doesn't stock this. (Its a Christian Hospital, so they aren't supposed to deal with birth control). Anyway, so this means that once a year, I have to get my pap smear, and a blood pregnancy test (blood shows up quicker than urine) then pick up my prescription for the depo on one day. Then I have to turn around, go back to the clinic the next day for my results, and then they will give me the shot that I had to go get from the pharmacy. Plus they always want me to come back first thing in the morning to do this mess. I found a way around it though. I have taken phlebotomy classes before, so I know how to give a shot. Again, I am not promiscuous, so I know before I go in that I'm not pregnant. After leaving the clinic, I take the prescription to the Kroger Pharmacy. There, I can get the depo in a pre-filled syringe. You can pretty much gather what I do with that once I get home lol! Sorry Louie for turning your thread into the OB-GYN clinic, but this is what I thought of when I saw your discussion. Hope I didn't gross you out, I tried to be discreet as possible.