New Doctor Makes Mr Bean Look Like He Has A High IQ

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
April 29, 2013 11:29am CST
I've put my discussion in this category because if I didn't laugh I'd cry! This morning I went to see the doctor - a doctor I've never seen before so I'm presuming he's one of these Locum types we get from time to time. The thing is, he didn't look a day over 96 lol. Seriously. His one redeeming feature though - he had a good sense of humour. Quite eccentric in fact. He has a teddy bear on an armchair in the corner. Not sure if it's for him or for any children that dares to see him. Anyway, I told him about my hearing issues. After rambling on for a couple of minutes he got his ear gizmo out and took a look inside BOTH ears. "Aah, yes, lots of wax down there." he enthused. I then told him what I've been using i.e. chemical ear drops and that I rang up the other week and wasn't allowed to have my ear syringed. "Hmm, not sure why you were told that," he said. He then walked over to the sink to wash his hands, tripping up as he went. He carried on muttering about ears and what you should and shouldn't do with them. "You can use your little finger..but nothing bigger..certainly not your elbow." Laughter. I then asked him if I could use bog-standard Olive Oil "from Morrisons" to which he replied, "Yes, no need for the Extra Virgin!" More laughter. I've actually ended up buying some Olive Oil from the rip-off chemist but at least it has a proper pointy gizmo on it so I can squirt the drops in. I have to use these 3 times a day until my ear syringing appointment (for BOTH ears) on Friday morning. During my appointment with Mr Bean I mentioned a mole that I was a bit worried about under my arm. My bra keeps catching it, making me wince. It has bled too but I've only found that out since the visit as I inspected one of my bras when I got in and it has dried blood on it. I wish I'd known that before. Obviously, I had to take my top off for him to take a look at the mole properly. He kept prodding it and actually come out with the gem.. "lance it yourself as it's only hanging on by a thread." "I don't like pain," I responded. He ignored me. He then had another ramble about moles, saying that "just because you have a mole doesn't necessarily mean it has to be removed." I asked him what will happen next as he told me it "doesn't look malignant to me." How reassuring. He then told me something that nearly made me laugh out loud but I refrained myself. He said that ONLY Dr Voysey can undertake minor surgical procedures on site. "I've had a major fall out with him," I said, grim-faced. Unfortunately, he couldn't give me any alternatives to Voysey. I was half-expecting him to refer me to the hospital as I know moles get removed there as I came across someone who was having the procedure done at the same time as I was having the ablation. Still no response off Mr Bean. Because he was a bit ga-ga he had to type up what was said at the time. Usually doctors wait for the patient to leave before inputting their notes. Not so Mr Bean, typing away two-fingered, bless 'im. He then left it up to me what to do about my mole instead of giving me advice on it. So, when I made the appointment to have my ears syringed at reception I asked the lady if only Dr Voysey removes moles and she replied in the affirmative. "There is a massive waiting list," she told me. Dismayed, I left without making an appointment. I shall go back if this mole gets so bad I'm in agony. If I didn't wear bras I guess it wouldn't pose a problem but my boobs would be round my ankles if I did that, so that's a no-no. Tomorrow I shall visit M&S and try a few on. Hopefully, I can find one (or two) that are more comfy than the ones I have at present. This trip to the doctors has already cost me over £5 in Olive Oil drops from the Chemist. No doubt, tomorrow I won't find a decent bra for less than about £15.
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7 responses
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 13
I would have been sorely tempted to get up and punch the old coot one, as I was reading that I could feel the hairs on my arms stand on edge, and I was getting angry, angry at the way they are treating you, I wonder if he got back into his coffin after seeing you? He sounds like a right charlatan. Is there no way of getting yourself into a better surgery my friend? Moles need to be checked out and not dismissed in his type of manner, that was unprofessional. Even if you broke down and cried in front of him, the way he was, it wouldn't have done any good whatsoever, his bedside manner was appalling. Being a typist myself it really grates on me when I see someone typing with two fingers, that happened once when I went to the Citizens Advice bureau the man was as useful as a chocolate teapot and when he started to tap out what I had said word by word with two fingers, mum had to stop me from exploding and lashing out, I was seething.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Apr 13
Was the guy a volunteer? It's not so bad if he was but if we was one of the rare ones that are paid, two-finger typing would be unacceptable, you're right. As for this Clown Doctor - well, it was a surreal experience, I can tell you. I have tried registering with another Surgery but they're not taking any new patients. I think they're lying about that as they'd have to if I'd just moved here, don't you think? Because I'm already with a Surgery I reckon they're probably reluctant to take me, as they all stick together like glue don't they? I'm keeping my fingers crossed regarding my ear syringing on Friday. There is an older Nurse there who's the only competent person in the place so I'm hoping it will be her that does the syringing. I shall mention the mole to her although she won't be able to examine it as she isn't a doctor, although the nurses do EVERYTHING the doctors USED to do. It's just ironic that Voysey does medical procedures. Of all the people it had to be him. I can't stand the bloke after our major argument that time. Still haven't forgiven him. I just can't let him loose on my mole. Even the woman on reception wasn't that bothered when she said, 'The waiting list is massive.' I felt like punching her as well.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
30 Apr 13
Awww thanks for your concern, I really appreciate it. My MIL is always ill, purely because she doesn't get the right advice (she's at that nightmare surgery as well) and we all just lump it don't we? Or, in my case, can't change surgeries anyway. I'll give you another gem Mr Bean said. He said (poking the mole), 'That blackness on it..is that just the colouring or is it blood?' I told him that I can't see under my arm so I didn't know. I mean, it MUST be blood, mustn't it? My clothing is catching the mole so it's obvious it's blood and I have a stain on my bra to prove it. Why I didn't check it out before I went there I don't know.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
30 Apr 13
Hey don't be so hard on yourself, it's so much easier to be wiser after the event. I am still gobsmacked that he didn't get that mole referred, even more so when it was bleeding There must be a way you get can a second opinion, I just wish I knew how
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@FrugalMommy (1447)
• United States
29 Apr 13
Oh my... sometimes you just can't win! If the mole isn't terribly big, maybe you could cover it with a Band-Aid to keep it from being irritated by your bra. I'd try that first before trying to find a new bra just to accommodate it. My husband has had moles all over his body since he was a kid, so I have a bit of experience with examining them. What you want to watch for are moles that are asymmetrical, have raggedy or uneven borders, multiple colors in the same mole, moles that are bigger than a pencil eraser, or a mole that grows or changes color or shape. I think bleeding moles are on the list, too, but I'm not 100% sure about that one. If it bleeds because of something that happens to it (my husband sometimes cuts a few of his when shaving) that's different than the mole just bleeding on its own. If it's bleeding just because it wants to you should ring up the practice and see what they advise.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
30 Apr 13
Thank you so much for that brilliant advice. Yes, the mole bleeds but only when clothing rubs against it or it catches against my bra...and it's not a constant thing. Highly irritating to say the least and - due to my weight gain - the bra doesn't fit as well as it should, so the band at the side catches the mole more than it did before, if you see what I mean. I am exercising more just lately so I'm hoping a little weight LOSS might help as regards reducing the 'catching.' I have thought about a Band Aid actually and the more I think about it the more it seems like the logical thing to do. Once the plaster comes off it won't rip the mole off with it will it? That's the only thing that worries me although that might not be a bad thing, considering!
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• United States
29 Apr 13
That mole needs to be removed and examined. A mole that bleeds is worrying. I don't envy you your doctor. He seems to be a tad off on his own little island there...
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Apr 13
Oh he was away with the Pixies, and no mistake. It's like they've just dragged anyone off the street and said, 'Fancy being a doctor for the day? You DO! Well, there you go!' and let him loose on the unsuspecting public.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Apr 13
I did find a nice playtex (pretty too) all stretch fabric, no underwire, that was really comfortable. Not sure if it would be available over there. Your clinic sounds like a comedy show, really...
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Apr 13
Funnily enough, I've been thinking about Playtex bras as there are a few of them online to look at, so thanks. You're right about the clinic. It just has to be the worst in Carlisle but I'm stuck with it. I apologise for posting this discussion twice as I didn't think it registered the first time..the site crashed!
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• China
30 Apr 13
Mr Bean seems to be up in years .A doctor tends to go on about something out of professional habit and look like they are always wiser than others.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
30 Apr 13
Mmm..but in this case..er..no. You received your alert yet? It will break my heart if MyLotters like your good self leave when the changes come about. However, you've said that you don't earn much anyway? I hope you stay.
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• China
2 May 13
@Janey1966 Thank you! I don't care about it that much.I come here again.I am also glad to see you on the new mylot setting.
@BarBaraPrz (20085)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 Apr 13
So! You've been having fun again, have you? If you do decide to remove the mole yourself, you can use that oral anesthetic gel stuff to numb the area, or hold an ice cube to it for a minute... Be prepared for it to bleed, though.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
30 Apr 13
It never rains but it pours lol. The suggestion of a Band Aid has been put to me, something I'd thought about myself. If I protect the mole, then (hopefully) lose a bit of weight, the band at the side of my bra won't catch it anyway. That's the theory!
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Apr 13
hi Janey you gave me my first laugh of the day after learning mylot's new changes included not earning any more grrrrrrrrrrr. I had a similar experience with this older than me ophthalmologist who was about 90 told me I had a cataract in my left eye but that he did not think it would do any good to have it removed as here was some macular degeneration in that eye. I think I need to see a younger more modern doctor and get his opinion first then get it taken out.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
30 Apr 13
Thanks Hatley..and yes, I'd see someone else too. By the way (and please don't think I'm being patronising), I've said on MyLot that you, of all people, should be paid each month, without fail, just for your services to the site over the years. You're the one person that inspires us the most, whether you think that or not. Petitions have already been mentioned and I think someone like Lamby would be ideal to start one up, not just for your benefit but for everyone else who thinks MyLot should STAY THE SAME!