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#48072 - 12/07/01 02:02 PM Phlebotamy
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When it comes to having blood drawn, there is no advantage to having a fine needle used.[snip]Let the lab lady decide.

The advantage of a small needle is immediately apparent to belonephobes[1] like myself. With a sufficiently small needle and a sufficiently skilled phlebotomist[2], the process of drawing blood can be almost painless. I have always been inexplicably terrified of any sort of hypodermic needle, but the last time I had blood drawn I literally felt nothing as the very skilled "lab lady" pierced the skin and got a vein on the first try, while the nurse at my doctor's office tried three times in each arm before giving up and sending me to the hospital to have it done there.

[1] Those with a fear of needles
[2] Someone who draws/analyzes blood -- phlebotomist is a great word, but I do like "lab lady." It's much friendlier, unless of course your phlebotomist is a "lab gent."


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#48073 - 12/07/01 02:07 PM Re: Questions about Tools
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The machine that shows the contractions when you're giving birth?

A CTG (cardiotocograph) machine. Measures the baby's heart (cardio) and the mother's contractions (toco).

I remember when my daughter was born that the machine was informally called "the monitor," as in "Um, nurse? Could you stop the monitor from making that incessant beeping?"

And what do you call the paper that the above machine spits out?

A cardiotocogram. As to the name for just the paper, ask the manufacturers.

Again, this was referred to casually as "the strip," as in "Boy, after 20 hours of labor you've got a pretty long strip going there!"


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#48074 - 12/07/01 06:30 PM Re: Questions about Tools
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Dear Flatlander:

Thanks for two terrific words: cardiotocograph and cardiotocogram.

I wanted my husband to count the number of contractions, but he fell to sleep. So, I asked, after Lof' was born, could I have the paper that recorded the contractions. Was flatly turned down. It probably ended up a discardiotocogram, something I would have treasured!

Best regards,
WW


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#48075 - 12/08/01 08:50 AM Re: Questions about Tools
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Dear Flatlander:

Thanks for two terrific words: cardiotocograph and cardiotocogram.


Well, at least she didn't *kill the messenger.

Some of us remember you, doc_c.


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#48076 - 12/10/01 10:24 PM Re: Questions about Tools
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Have you seen me lately?
I was out on the radio starting to change
somewhere out in America
it's starting to rain
could you tell me the things you remember about me
and have you seen me lately?

-Counting Crows (Adam Duritz)

In the (live) version I have I'm sure they say "one thing" rather than "the things", but...

The official version
http://www.countingcrows.com/discography/rts/lyrics/lately.html
A longer version
http://home.earthlink.net/~saava/seen.html



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#48077 - 12/12/01 02:25 PM Re: Questions about Tools
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Wordwind asked for: The machine that shows the contractions when you're giving birth?

and doc_comfort answered: A CTG (cardiotocograph) machine. Measures the baby's heart (cardio) and the mother's contractions (toco).

I merely added the extraneous blather: I remember when my daughter was born that the machine was informally called "the monitor," as in "Um, nurse? Could you stop the monitor from making that incessant beeping?"

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Then Wordwind said:
Dear Flatlander:

Thanks for two terrific words: cardiotocograph and cardiotocogram.


Alas, the $0.25 words were courtesy of a far more medically oriented AWADer than I -- real thanks go to doc_comfort. I should have made it more obvious that I was (as usual) standing on the shoulders of a greengiant.


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#48078 - 12/12/01 03:55 PM Re: Questions about Tools
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My apologies to both Doc C. and Flatlander.

The words, however, are gold: cardiotocograph and cardiotocogram. Now, how to drop them into casual conversation? Probably shouldn't go there. They would be fun, however, to set to the rhythm of "The Syncopated Clock."

Best regards,
WW


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#48079 - 12/13/01 05:55 PM Re: Questions about Tools
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Dear WW: "Probably shouldn't go there". Tocologic questions to the only person at the party who could answer (an obstetrician), might well evoke the response:" If you will undress, I will attempt to answer your question."


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#48080 - 12/14/01 04:54 AM Re: Questions about Tools
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Dear wwh:

tocologic, by the way, isn't defined in English on OneLook Dictionary... There's something in Italian, but I can't decipher much Italian

DubDub


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#48081 - 12/14/01 06:36 AM Re: Tocologic
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Sounds like it has something to do with touching.


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