Thursday, December 2, 2010

"We always practice safe ultrasounds."

So, anyone here every had a pelvic ultrasound? Then you will know that it's slightly sick and twisted.
You have to hold your bladder while it's near the breaking point while they push around on your jelly covered lower abdomen with a little device that looks like something out of 'Star Trek' right around where your bladder is. Or at least it feels like they push directly on it.
Then there's the wand. Oh yes, the magic wand of super sonic sound waves. What the ultrasound tech told me as she slid on the protective cover totally made up for me nearly peeing in my pants: "We always practice safe ultrasounds." The older woman said with a silly grin as she slid the suspiciously condom-like cover over the wand.
Totally made my day!
So I get to wait a few days for a call back from the actual Doctor to tell me if he finds anything. For now though I'm content that it's done.
Oh! And I'm getting better! Yay!

Recently I've been thinking about American culture (I'm still getting used to it, and yes there is a BIG difference between American Military Culture and just flat out American Culture. I'll have to tell you about it sometime.) and it occurred to me that it's the only individualist culture I can think of. Now it has me wondering if there are any other individualist cultures other than America. Does anyone know the answer to that?


  1. Phew, the worst is over. Can't say that I'm familiar with other cultures as I'm one of the individuals of which you speak, but I would bet that Canada is possibly even more individualistic than us. And then there's France. I'm thinking not only individualistic but possibly narcissistic. But that is just a guess.

  2. Hmm. what about German culture? I read a book to tell me Germany is the most individualism culture in the world. But someone who is interested in interculture told me that America is a No. 1-individualistic culture among English speakers. And I do think so, too.

  3. Oh France! I didn't even think of France. And Canada allways gets overlooked. Poor Canada.

    Germany is the bastard child of individualist and socialist society. But the focus of the populace tends to be more socialist (from what I observed, I also was nowhere near Berlin). I was thinking of Great Brittain and Ireland.. but I've never been there or known anyone from there.