Lot 48: the things people say when...

July 29, 2014

the things people say when...

this is me and my dad. its a super old picture.  we took it because we realized we were wearing the exact same sunglasses.  because we're cool like that. 

my dad is a doctor.  more specifically, a ear nose and throat and reconstructive facial plastic surgery surgeon.  what does that mean? your face gets burned in a fire?  my dad would fix your face.  you need your tonsils out, tubes in your ears, you broke your nose, he can fix that.  he is a much more respectable and nicer mcsteamy.  except he doesn't do butt implants and cosmetic plastic surgery. but mcsteamy is an ENT remember?  well technically, he isn't a surgeon anymore because he is semi retired.  another practice finally bought his practice (they had talking about it for four years) so he only works tuesday - thursday now and does no surgery. 

 i tried to find the picture of my dad that my mom posted on his last day of surgery, but i couldn't find it.  so i guess you will have to look at this one because he is the coolest and also is a guitarist, has had his own band for the past 15 years, writes his own songs, and recently got his pilot's license and shares a plane.  he likes to fly to the grand canyon mostly just for a few hours, but sometimes he takes it on trips.  in april my dad flew him and my mom to phoenix to watch spring training.  yeah. he's the coolest.  oh, and he also started a free medical clinic in my hometown when i was 10 that is so successful that they had to expand and now they have a physiciatric wing and a dental wing in addition to free medical care.  not that it matters and not that he cares (because he is humble like that but i am going to tell you anyway because i want to brag) but his clinic won a national award for... something (i just remember it was a big deal) and he also won doctor of the year several times from the medical association in our town. 

why am i telling you all this?  well, other than to brag, i wanted to write about.....

the most annoying things people say to you when they hear you're a doctor's daugther...

  1. "just go ask your dad for money." this the one that is the most offensive to me.  just because my dad is a doctor and you assume he has money, doesn't mean he gives me whatever i want.  my dad is an extremely hard worker (obviously) and he did an amazing job teaching me the value of hard work.  my dad would wake me up from a deep sleep if he got home and realized i hadn't done my chores.  that's good parenting and i am so glad that he did that.  i am very blessed and my dad has helped a ton, but it's not like i don't work for it.  it's not like i could call him and be like "daddy, i want an apartment in new york.  pay for it."  i wanted to go see celine dion's show in vegas?  i paid for it. (my hometown is 120 miles away from vegas, so it we just drove and my dad came with me because we both love music and that was a fun daddy/daughter date.) but i paid for my own ticket.  please don't assume that i am a spoiled brat because my dad is a surgeon.  he taught me how to work and raised me to be smart and hard working. how do you think he became a doctor?  by being smart and hard working.
  2. "woah, your dad totally put me through the ringer."  people would come up to me and tell me how much pain they were in after a surgery my dad gave them and complain to me.  i would say "i'm sorry you're in pain???" or, they would come up to me before a surgery and say "tell him to go easy on me." okay........
  3. "you don't know what that is???"  it is so weird.  people think i know everything about anatomy and diseases and such.  and they are so shocked when i don't.  knowledge isn't passed on by genetics.....  i don't know what that is...... maybe you should google it??
  4. "oh my gosh, you must be so rich."  ugh.  again with this.  it's just so awkward.  what do you expect me to say to that??
  5. "hey, i have a question for you..."  if my dad is out with his family, people just come up and ask him medical questions.  i am from a really, really small town so everyone kind of knows him and or at least has heard who he is.  i always felt bad for my dad when he would be trying to enjoy a night out with his family and people would ask him things.  especially if they weren't head, nose or throat related.
  6. "say it again."  okay, this one i don't really mind because it makes me feel smart.  the technical term for the kind of doctor my dad is otorhinolaringologist.  i have known that word since i was like, 5, and i remember so clearly kids coming up to me on the playground and asking me to say it because they thought it was sooooo cool that i knew i big word like that!!! 
does anyone else have any other experiences like this? maybe your mom was your high school teacher (i can't imagine!) or something?  i want to hear!! 

i know i have been talking about my town a lot so check out an old post i wrote about it here.

19 comments:

  1. My dad is a pediatrician, I hear you! In addition to the money thing (ugh), people expect that I know everything about illnesses. Actually, I CAN usually answer their questions and diagnose them, I just remind them I'm a lawyer... The other is always asking if my dad can get them something for their cough, flu, headache, whatever. Uhhh no you're not his patient and you're also not a child so... that's illegal...

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    1. so you totally get it!!! it is so weird and rude when people ask things like that. especially since you're dad is a pediatrician. and they really ask him to call in prescriptions without him seeing them? um.... that is so illegal!!

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  2. love this post! it's a fav of mine that you've written for sure! and good for your dad for teaching you good work ethic! oh and I am gonna go ahead and put money on the fact that when you have kids you're gonna be able to add to this list. Especially because I already thought to myself "man, it's gonna be nice when she has kids and all she has to do is take her son/daughter to her parents house." haha. but hey, that's not a bad thing!

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    1. yes, having a dad as a doctor is very helpful. my sweet little nephew had horrible ear infections and would often get them while he was at my parent's house (they live 300 miles from us) and it is definitely a perk to have him help with that.

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  3. My uncle's an orthopedic surgeon and he's already made sure that his daughters know that they are going to work and pay for their own college educations because he believes it'll help them appreciate it the most. You definitely can't assume that doctor's kids are spoiled.
    My husband's a nurse and we still get the questions. Probably the second time she met Angel, before we were even married, my grandma halfway took her shirt off to show Angel some weird bruise or something she had a question about...that wasn't awkward at all...

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    1. you definitely appreciate it more!! and oh my word they really do that to your husband?? that is so annoying. really though, it happens all the time. and it's like, um.... maybe you should just go see someone about that instead of bugging me...

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  4. I imagine I do this to a friend of mine, she is a teacher..I am an aspiring teacher and I ask her everything under the sun. However shes a high school teacher and I am elementary (well that's my degree anyway).

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    1. well we all gotta help each other out, right? :)

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  5. I've never had any experiences like that with my parent's jobs at all, but I can totally see how that would be frustrating! I get it a lot because I cut hair. EVERYONE will ask me how they should cut/color their hair or what products to use and things. I had one girl who asked me a billion questions about what she should do with her hair and then she went to someone else to get it all done. Which was super frustrating. You want my professional opinion, but you don't want to take advantage of my profession and let me put that knowledge to use? Cool...

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    1. that is so lame!!! why don't they just have you do their hair instead of asking your opinion? you're so nice to do that anyway.

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  6. My mom has always had jobs, not really a career, so I never got those questions. And I've NEVER understood what my dad does, so neither do any of my friends. But I imagine that would be so annoying!

    My doctor is sending me to an otorhinolaringologist (did I get that right??) because my ears have been plugged up for two weeks. Somehow reading this post about your dad, even though he's a complete stranger and isn't the doctor I'll be going to, made me feel less nervous about it. So thank you!

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    1. i am so glad that i could make you feel better!! that is the purpose of my blog, to inspire and to comfort and entertain. i am so glad!! good luck with your appointment, let me know how it goes. and having ears plugged up is soooo painful. when that happened to me my dad gave me special ear drops that really helped

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  7. Oh geez I can't even imagine how annoying the first one would be! It's amazing all that your dad has done though, you have a right to brag ;)

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    1. thank you!! i think he is pretty great and deserves to be bragged about. i am so lucky to have him as my daddy :) and yes, i call him daddy! is that weird??

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  8. um, where have you been all my life?? My dad is a doctor too and I tell you what- I hear you, lady!

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    1. NO WAY!! i think that if we met in person we would be BEST friends.

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  9. too funny! I just wrote about my dad, today, too! Great dads rock!!!!!! your sounds wonderful :)))

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    1. dads are the best!! i loved your post too!!! yours sounds wonderful as well. i would be nothing without the things my dad has taught me

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  10. I kind of got this with my grandfather (from upper class, took his internship? at mt Sinai and did all kinds of fancy things and who EVERYONE was in the industry from PNW) and at age 5 I was supposed to be able to explain why my tonsils hurt, where and how it felt to my touch, inflamed and hot, swollen etc. He expected a KID to know these things.. different story but similar. :) It's cool to be a doctors kid, yes it's just like I'm a truckers daughter but you got to admit- it's cool!

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Hearing from you makes my day!!