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Boldly going where no woman has gone before

This past week, I took my 81 year old father to the urologist.

This started about a week ago, when he called me at 8:30 in the morning, telling me that he had spent the night in the bathroom, trying unsuccessfully to urinate. And now it was getting scary.

My husband went with him to the emergency room, where they installed a catheter. In not such a gentle way, my father told me. But the catheter, he reported, is cool, because he can sleep through the night now.

This was just the beginning of the TMI.

So I ended up taking him to the urologist, to have the catheter pulled.

Me–in a waiting room full of old duffers discussing their pee-pees and the various vagaries of them. It was like sitting in the barber shop in Hell.

The nurse took my Dad back, and he looked at me as if I had betrayed him when I remained seated, so I ended up heading back to the examining room. I couldn’t bring myself to go in as he disrobed, but was invited back in when he was “decent” again.

I walked in to find him sitting on the examining table with a giant paper napkin over his lap, his trousers around his ankles and his cap on.

I burst out laughing.

I won’t go into detail about the other events of that day, because they are not fit for human consumption. But I will say that it’s quite a shock to find your Dad in a doctor’s examining room, looking like that creepy old man from the bus station.

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thoughtsbykat
Nov. 15th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Funny mental picture, thanks for sharing. LOL
popfiend
Nov. 16th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Similar happenings when I had taken my dad for a colonoscopy a few years ago.

Lisa happened to accidentally get a look at her FiL's tallywhacker.

:D
anahata56
Nov. 16th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
Oh godz...

That's traumatizing....
the_paulr
Nov. 16th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
When I went back to see him in the ER the nurse stopped me and said, "You might not want to go in there yet." I thought about what they were probably doing and agreed.
freyas_fire
Nov. 16th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
Ah feel yur pain - while I haven't had to accompany my dad to the urologist (yet), he has the same problems and usually hear about them from my mother, who thankfully doesn't go into too much detail. I did have to accompany them both to the hospital a few weeks ago when my dad had his gallbladder removed. Before they wheeled him back, they put this metallic thermal blanket thing over him and matching cap - he looked like a damn baked potato. I think the nurse even said that. It was just - surreal.
*reaches for eye bleach*
anahata56
Nov. 16th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
Nothing in my life equipped me for this. Seriously.
silivrenglaur
Dec. 21st, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
We miss seeing you here :/ Hope you guys are ok, and your families are doing well. Have a blessed season! <3
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