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  •  Tell me about it. (5+ / 0-)

    I have a case of mild to moderate "DS" (Dry Skin).  Not to mention a good bit of "NM" (no money).

    I find the cheap lotion works just fine.  

    Doctors do this as well.  My cardiologist told me I had some long-winded condition that sounded completely dreadful.  It turns out it means that my valves are built for a 300 pound person and I'm 140 pounds.  While it might, perhaps, in a blue moon, cause issues, it's not at all likely.

    (-6.25, -6.77) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

    by Lonely Liberal in PA on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 09:00:15 AM PST

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    •  And if you know the jargon (3+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Aunt Pat, Brecht

      Years ago I took a year of Latin. And a class in medical terminology -- which is based sorta* on Greek & Latin.

      After having a persistent dull pain in my right shoulder, I saw my doctor, underwent a series of tests, & was told that I had a tumor known as "osteoid osteoma".

      I thought for a moment, then asked, "That's a bizarre name. Doesn't that literally mean a 'bone-like hole in the bone'?"

      He paused for a moment, muttered his agreement, & continued his explanation without acknowledging or explicating the nonsensical nature of a "bone-like hole in the bone".

      Even doctors can be blind to the images captured like prehistoric insects in amber of the words they use every day, & despite their prolonged education allow their language to dull & become banal.

      * "Sorta" because the Greek & Latin words originally reflected Hippocrates' & Galen's understanding of how the body worked, & the meanings were re-interpreted or redefined to reflect experience & informed observation. Sorta in the way the meanings of words have changed in general languages over the last 20-odd centuries.

    •  Or how about a case of immediate postprandial, (1+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat

      upper-abdominal distention (that's cramps)?

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 03:07:02 PM PST

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