Monday, October 19, 2009

Did Doctor Do Something Wrong When Allowing Me To Swab For Flu?

So I finally got out of the house on Sunday after being sick. My wife and I were having breakfast and we're talking about the swab test for the Swine Flu and I told her how it was weird putting the swab up my nose.

Wife: YOU swabbed yourself? The DOCTOR is supposed to do that.

Me: She is?

Wife: Yeah. Don't you think it's weird that she had YOU do it? That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard in my life!

My wife had gone online and had researched the whole swab procudure which is pretty detailed. The method I did was basically put the swab a bit up my nose and wiggle it.

So when the office called last Tuesday night and said the test was negative, I questioned it?

"How can I NOT have the Swine flu? I just got the regular flu shot 2 weeks ago so it can't be that. AND I'm sicker than I've been in my adult life."

They said that the test results often come back negative but "You probably have the Swine flu."

You think so?

I'm pretty glad they didn't have to shove the huge swab in my nose and to the back of my throat but it makes me concerned as to whether my doctor is competant. (It was actually my substitute doctor as my regular doctor was out with the flu).

To see how you're supposed to be swabbed click here.


Son of a Thomas said...

I had the exact same problem with my gynecologist.

Jennifer and Sandi said...

Obviously you didn't collect an adequate specimen for testing?? I'd stay from work for at least another month! Hope your feeling better!

- Jennifer

Moooooog35 said...

I can't wait to hear how your colonoscopy goes.

MJenks said...

We had the same thing earlier in the year, when half of Duke's athletic teams were also down with it. One of the kids was tested for it, but it came back negative, and the nurse said, "Yeah, well, you probably had it and we're just not seeing the markers".

And the word verification is, amusingly, "plorka".

SkylersDad said...

I always get asked to do my own tests. I think it is because the first thing I do is strip down naked.

In the waiting room.

Dr Zibbs said...

Mooog - hahahahha

Dr Zibbs said...

...and Skylersdad..

WendyB said...

Cracking up over some of the previous comments! Who knew lady parts and colons could be so funny.