toenail fungus and pap smears

shadeshaman's picture

Twice, TWICE this year I have gone to doctors to be seen for toenail fungus. For those of you who have not studied medicine, toenail fungus grows on the ends of toes. For those of you who have not studied anatomy, toes are at the very far end of feet, which, in turn are at the very far end of legs. What is at the other end of legs from toes? Genitals. Genitals are approximately a yard away from toes. TWICE this year I have gone to doctors, two different doctors, to seek treatment for toenail fungus, and TWICE these doctors have 1) not treated the toenail fungus and 2) tried to foist a fucking pap smear on me. For those of you who have never had a pap smear, it is a test that helps determine if there is something wrong with a woman's genitals. The same genitals that are a yard away from the toenail fungus. What the fuckity fuck? The doctor yesterday even told me that I probably needed psychotherapy because I didn't want a pap smear. For those of you who are not familiar with psychotherapy, it is a branch of medicine that deals with things that are going on inside your head. Again, if you have not studied anatomy, the head is at the completely opposite end of the body from the toes.
This is part of what is wrong with medicine, for women, in this country: Any complaint that you have, even self-evident toenail fungus, is considered to be a problem with either your genitals or your head.
IF I WERE A GUY, and I went to the doctor with toenail fungus, the doctor would not insist of inspecting my scrotum. And if a doctor wanted to inspect my scrotum instead of my funky toes, guess who would be considered not right in the head? Yeh, the doctor.

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punkmama's picture
Submitted by punkmama on

he also may have just wanted to see if the infection was systemic.

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Submitted by rease on

I got this bs from female physicians too. They're worse IMO, worse woman abusers than the male ones. Maybe you need to flip the script and ask the m...f...ER if he gets his shit checked when his feet stink, and recommend he take a leave of absence so he can get a psyche eval for his stinky feet potentially caused by being stuck in the anal developmental phase.

shadeshaman's picture

It was a girl doctor--they both were. The podiatrist I started out withwas male, and didn't give a rat's ass about my hoo-hho. He just wanted me to spend $1000 for a laser treatmentfor the fungus. Silly me. I thought there might still be a doctor who would prescribe medicine for my fungus. Nope.
I did fire off a nasty-gram to this most recent doctor as soon as I got home. It's been a week and no reply. I'm guessin she aint sayin shit so she won't leave herself open to a lawsuit.
I talked to a doula friend of mine who said, "you know, you always have the right to refuse any medical procedure."
So, after having a bunch of bloodwork done for nothing, I'm here to say. that I am healthy...and I'm taking oregano oil for the next month

"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius"--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

shadeshaman's picture

triple post....damn bl*ckberry

"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius"--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

shadeshaman's picture

I might not have mentioned this--the first time I saw her (it was a female doc), I was very clear about NOT wanting a pap until I got to know her better. Call it prudery, but I prefer to build a trusting relationship with someone before I let them insert their fingers and/or foreign objects into my vagina.
I get where you are coming from, PM, however, even if she wanted to see if the problem was systemic (which she never indicated), for her to say that I needed or even might need psychotherapy because I didn't want a pap during the second visit was waaaaaaaay over the line. For her to say that at any time was inappropriate, period.

"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius"--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle