just a bit awkward…

So I went in for my baseline u/s and blood work today.  Again, my most wonderful nurse set aside some free Brevelle for us (huzzah)!  All went fine.  Should get the call later today with my dosage and to schedule the next appointment.

But, I have a question for you all, and please be warned descriptions may get a bit personal here – you were warned.

Every time I go in for my ultrasound, the tech wants me to help “guide it in”…by “it” I mean the transvaginal ultrasound wand.  Is this normal?  If it was just one particular tech, I’d think it was just her thing, but I’ve had multiple techs and they’ve all asked me if I want to help them.  You know what – you’re basically sticking a camera on a stick up my lady parts…I would not be offended if you did that yourself.  It’s so awkward to have to reach down there and do it myself.  Isn’t this what I’m paying them the big bucks for?  Didn’t they go to school to learn how to do this?  I mean, it’s not like they don’t know where that probe is supposed to go!  We’re already in a very personal situation here, you may as well just go for it.  Not to mention that they lady I’ve had the past few times loads up the wand with the ultrasound jelly and they proceeds to hit my leg, stomach and any other part of my body in that vicinity, covering me in blue goopy gel.  Ewww…then when I have to help her “guide it in” (read, but the darn probe in all by myself) it gets all over my hands.  By the time it’s all said in done, I need a shower.

So, for all of you transvaginal ultrasound veterans out there, is this normal?  I have no basis for comparison really, as I’ve only had one of these outside of my RE clinic.  Sometimes the techs will ask if I want help and I’ll say no, they can do it.  Most of the time however, they just tell me to guide it in.  It just seems awkward to me – I mean I can understand that maybe they’re just trying to make me more comfortable, but that just agitates me.  I just want them to do it and get it over with.  Maybe this is the way they are supposed to do it, I don’t know. Any insight into the phenomenon would be appreciated!

Hope you are all well, and I’ll keep you updated on the progress this cycle!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kate
    Aug 05, 2009 @ 15:32:01

    I only had to guide it in once at the ER two Saturdays ago and I was weirded out. The tech was really proud of herself when I asked her why? She said “This is more comfortable for the patient” I disagree, my OBGYN and the Maternal Fetal Specialists office always just DID it, and that was a lot less awkward for me and personally a bit more professional.


  2. meggomae
    Aug 05, 2009 @ 18:03:24

    I agree! The first time they asked me, I was so confused! It really does seem like if you’re at that point, the patient knows what your gonna do, just do it!


    • Kate
      Aug 05, 2009 @ 21:27:27

      It’s like if they did a pelvic exam, you don’t help them guide the stuff they use in? To me its the same thing!


  3. airingdirtylaundry
    Aug 05, 2009 @ 19:42:48

    I’ve had 6 transvaginal ultrasounds, and they always asked me to guide it in. I always wondered why, but never asked. I agree that they should be doing it themselves!


  4. 2 of a Kind Working on a Full House
    Aug 05, 2009 @ 21:53:52

    I have had 2 trans-vaginal US’s and I had to put the wand in myself both times and then the tech took it once it was in. Its awkward and hard to do in my opinion. Your nervous to begin with and aren’t they the medically trained person in the room?


  5. meggomae
    Aug 06, 2009 @ 14:21:56

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one experiencing this and thinking it’s weird! All the u/s techs must have been trained to tell the patient to help them…someone needs to contact the u/s tech schools and tell them to stop teaching that! 😀


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