Saturday, October 29, 2011


Ever since this guy became my new physician, I've been doing a lot of EKG's.  He's been ordering EKG's on all patients with hypertension, some with muscle pain near the heart, and I've even run one on a guy with GERD. (GERD: gastroesophageal reflux disease)  I really appreciate that he cares so much for his patients that he wants to double check their hearts, but it gets exhausting really fast! Though the bright side is they no longer take me 10 minutes to set up, run and remove.
This right here is our clinic's machine.
It's a beauty, ain't it?

The most uncomfortable thing about running EKG's on people is getting them to take their shirts off.  Luckily with a woman, you hand them a gown and step out of the room for a minute.  with guys, you ask them to take off their shirt, they sigh and pull it off. Low and behold they've got an undershirt on too.  So you ask them to take that off as well.  This provokes an even deeper sigh and they slowly shed that layer to reveal...
Gorilla Chest.

Gorilla Chest means I have to shave little spots on their chests for the sticky probes to attach.  This leads to the most awkward conversation ever. "Um, I'm going to have to shave your chest." "Seriously?" "Yeah, the hair will block the electrode signal." "Ugh, fine."

I've always been a fan of hair-less chests. Gorilla Chest?  It's disgusting.


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