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Old January 12th, 2001, 07:01 PM   #1
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Lets discuss health care. Are you "out" to your doctor? Are you practicing safer sex? Are you concerned about breast cancer? Lets talk :-)
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Old May 8th, 2001, 05:44 AM   #2
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Cool out in health care

As a practitioner and a lesbian I usually am able to assist with those family who come into the ED. My fellow workers recognize also and help direct me to them. Not many others find this interesting. What is your interest?
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Old July 16th, 2001, 02:01 AM   #3
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I've been dealing with a medical condition, which requires many, many specialists and a highly organized family doc. I've been really lucky. All my doctors treat my partner as my partner. Its a non-issue. It might be because I live in Boulder, CO which is fairly progressive. In my partner's case, we've gone through a few surgeries here. I've been allowed in ICU all night if I wanted. Its great here

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Old July 16th, 2001, 05:20 PM   #4
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i had some of the best experiences ever when my g/f was pregnant. our dr not only included me in everything, she made notations in the chart about each time i was there & how involved i was. that was totally her doing, nothing we had asked for. she did so b/c she knew that we live in a precarious society & she wanted it made clear in case we ever had to go to court. she also was very supportive when we broke up, going out of her way to talk w/each of us, & offering her professional opinion about how we should handle custody issues. this was way cool, esp since we're in the bible belt & she's a "straight, married woman". on the other hand, we had some issues w/some of the drs & nurses in the er when we went for a couple of diff things over the yrs. they balked at having me in the room during the exams, but i'm very adamant (& a little crazy) about insisting on getting the same treatment as any married couple.
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Old September 24th, 2003, 04:43 PM   #5
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I am out to my doctor. I just started going to her, and felt that in order to get proper care, that she needed to know. She just smiled and said, I guess I don't need to ask if your pregnant since you've been with her for 3 years now....

She made sure that I had all the tests to rule out any STD's or AIDS....which I've been doing for the last 6 years anyway..... She's been a great Doc, and I appreciate her willingness to make sure my partner and I are both "safe".
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Old September 25th, 2003, 10:09 AM   #6
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EarthangelDshadna , I think it is great you are out to your doc! I am not exactly out to my doc but when a new doc asks if there is any chance I can be pregnant I respond no , if the doc pushes I just say " I am not doing anything that can get me pregnant" There have been a few that have pushed further and I finaly say my partner is a female. I had a wonderful Nurse Practioner who was great about my sexuality.. she even gave me a pamplet on how lesbians can "play safe". If her office staff was more friendly I'd probably still be going to her but then again I found out after I stopped seeing her she is also lesbian. It would kinda make me feel well "different" knowing that she is lesbian and looking down there ( even though I know she has always been professional).
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Old September 25th, 2003, 10:34 AM   #7
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What about the thousands of women who see straight men doctors? If your NP was that in tune with you and your lifestyle, you should stick with her.
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Old September 25th, 2003, 10:35 AM   #8
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Okay...that advice looked funny coming from Seth Cohen!
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Old September 25th, 2003, 10:44 AM   #9
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ROFL....sorry, I shouldn't laugh.
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Old September 25th, 2003, 12:11 PM   #10
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Old September 25th, 2003, 03:46 PM   #11
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laughter is the best medicine as somebody who is in the healthcare field, i'm interested in ppl's responses to whether or not they're "out". i'm an emt in mississippi & we get lots of lesbian patients - many of whom are immediately "out" to us, but many of whom are very hesitant, which is understandable in this area. from my experience tho, paramedics & emts are some of the best ppl for you to be open with; i think simply b/c there are so many gay folks that are in this field - so if you're on an ambulance, chances are either they or someone they know is gay, which tends to lead to a lot more open-mindedness.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 06:49 PM   #12
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I am out to my doctor...she has been a great friend and supporter of the past year...I am a breast cancer survivor...ONE YEAR CANCER FREE..a GREAT feeling. Every out there ...please do self breast exams...mine saved my life!!!!
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Old September 9th, 2004, 03:17 PM   #13
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I'm a 21 year clear-cell cervical carcinoma survivor, so don't neglect your annual physical either. And always trust your instincts, if you think there is something wrong, do whatever you can to get the care you need!!!!

I have to have my annual mammogram and bone density very soon. I have to have a colonoscopy and EGD first. YUK!
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Old September 9th, 2004, 06:56 PM   #14
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It depends. I don't "out" myself to a doctor unless it becomes an issue. I had one doc who was quite persisant bout wanting to know why I knew there wasn't a chance of me being preggers. He didn't get it or refused to understand till I said "my partner doesn't have the right equitment " LOL. Congrats on being a yr free Ceil fo brest cancer. (((((((((BERDE)))))))) congrats you too for cervical cancer free too.
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Old September 9th, 2004, 08:59 PM   #15
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And always trust your instincts, if you think there is something wrong, do whatever you can to get the care you need!!!!
Yep, you're so right.

I went to my doc and said, "Based on the fact that I have to pee a lot, have gained weight, experience numbness in my fingers and toes, have periods where I just can't seem to cool down, and am constantly thirsty, I'd like you to do a blood test for Type II diabetes."

So glad I took that in hand -- the results showed high blood sugar, but thankfully no diabetes. With changes to lifestyle and diet, and with regular exercise, I will hopefully be able to prevent onset of that disease.

And eating better, exercising, and losing weight were important to me. But merely thinking about doing these things isn't going to change anything... Now I'm actually doing it, and I lost 1 inch and 3 pounds in my first month.

Also, when I had a "veil" over part of my vision, I went to see my ophthalmologist right away. Turns out, I had a detached retina, but fortunately, it was caught in time. My roommate in hospital had the same thing and has irreversible vision loss because she ignored it and it affected her macula. She is nearly blind in one eye as a result.
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