Wasn't quite sure where to put this, so I'll put it in this category. Please forgive me in advance for this little rant...but, here goes...
I went to the grocery store and the clerk asked what happened to my back. It's kind of hard to be inconspicuous with the big black brace. Anyway, I told her I've just had back surgery. She asks what kind, I tell her, tell her it's my second one but different from the first. This is a regular clerk so I'm familiar with her, but don't really know her personally.
Just as soon as the last word comes out of my mouth she tells me that her moma has had the same surgery. Then she proceeds to give me her mother's complete spine history.
I'm a very patient person and can tolerate just about anything, talk to just about anybody. Her telling me her mother's whole history didn't bother me, BUT what did was when she'd tell me something, I'd say that I had that procedure or whatever, and she'd tell me that her mother's "issues" were much worse than mine. Example: She asked me if I'd had any ESIs, and I told her that I've had 3 a year for the last 4 years. She tells me that her mother has had 30. Thirty. Really?
Then she gets around to that ever popular, "who's your doctor", well, you guessed it...we have the same doctor.
I guess what I'm getting at is it annoys me to death when someone wants to have a "who's sicker" or "who's more injured or scarred" conversation. WHO CARES?!?!
I wish to God that it weren't even necessary for me to even have this conversation because I'd be in perfect health, but I'm not. People like that really get under my skin. I'd gladly give you all of my spinal problems if you want a higher score in this little game, but unfortunately that's not possible. This "who's worse" game must be first cousin to hypochondria. Why would anyone WANT to be in this position, much less trying to outdo another?
It annoys me also because with her naming my doctor (and her mother's), then stating that her mother had 30 ESIs, it makes my doctor sound like he's totally incompetent. Don't get me wrong, it's probably possible to have had that many, but she'd just a moment before that comment stated that her mother's spinal problems started 3 years ago! I think that's what p'd me off the most. Liar liar pants on fire...
Sorry for the rant, just had to vent X(