Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 2 of 3 1 2 3
#48072 12/07/01 07:02 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 428
F
addict
Offline
addict
F
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 428
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."


#48073 12/07/01 07:07 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 428
F
addict
Offline
addict
F
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 428
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!"


#48074 12/07/01 11:30 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 6,296
W
Carpal Tunnel
OP Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 6,296
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


#48075 12/08/01 01:50 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
Carpal Tunnel
Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
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.


#48076 12/11/01 03:24 AM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 618
D
addict
Offline
addict
D
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 618
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



#48077 12/12/01 07:25 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 428
F
addict
Offline
addict
F
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 428
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?"

-----------------------------

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.


#48078 12/12/01 08:55 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 6,296
W
Carpal Tunnel
OP Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 6,296
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


#48079 12/13/01 10:55 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858
W
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858
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."


#48080 12/14/01 09:54 AM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 6,296
W
Carpal Tunnel
OP Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 6,296
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


#48081 12/14/01 11:36 AM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
Carpal Tunnel
Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
Sounds like it has something to do with touching.


Page 2 of 3 1 2 3

Moderated by  Jackie 

Link Copied to Clipboard
Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics13,904
Posts228,046
Members9,148
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
gonekrazzzy, accCngrssMRA, rexdee, gypsydancer, Astrostu
9,148 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
0 members (), 116 guests, and 3 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
Top Posters
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,542
LukeJavan8 9,806
AnnaStrophic 6,511
Wordwind 6,296
of troy 5,400
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2021 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5
(Release build 20201027)
Responsive Width:

PHP: 7.4.26 Page Time: 0.013s Queries: 33 (0.005s) Memory: 2.9385 MB (Peak: 3.2484 MB) Data Comp: Off Server Time: 2021-12-04 20:13:47 UTC
Valid HTML 5 and Valid CSS