"A woman came in for a baby check with her 6-month-old and she had what looked like chocolate milk in the baby’s bottle. So he started explaining to her as kindly as he could that she shouldn’t be giving her baby chocolate milk. At which point she interrupts him and says, ‘Oh that isn’t chocolate milk. It’s coffee! He just loves it!”
"I had a patient come in for an STD check. She was very upset and continued to tell me that she only had one partner. Progressing through my assessment, she further divulged that even if he was sleeping with other people it shouldn’t matter ‘because he uses a condom every time and he makes sure to wash it thoroughly after every use’.”
"Had a lady who measured her baby’s temperature by pre-heating the oven and putting one hand in front of it while the other hand was on the baby’s forehead. She told the nurse her baby’s fever was about 250 degrees.”
"Lady has to have foot amputated and is given waiver forms to sign pre-op. Buddy asks if she needs time to think about it. She’s very nonchalant and doesn’t seem to care much what they do. He gets suspicious and probes a bit as to why she’s not more concerned. She says she gets that they have to operate and it’s OK because the foot will grow back.”
"I had a couple who had been trying to conceive for over two years. I asked all the usual questions, how often do you have sex, any previous pregnancy, etc etc. Something seemed off to me during the consult, so I continued to ask questions. Finally I asked if he ejaculated while inserted into the vagina. Both parties looked confused.Turns out the couple was not having insertional sex at all. I had to awkwardly explain to them how insertional sex works. Diagrams were required.”
"Patient comes in, she’s upset. She’s pregnant, and she doesn’t understand why. She’s on the pill. Upon talking to her at great length, I find out that she only takes the pills on the days that she is sexually active – no other time.”
"Patient comes in with her bf. They are indignant, as if somehow I could’ve prevented [the pregnancy]. The problem? Well, the pills were bothering the girl’s stomach, so, being a gallant bf, he decided to start taking them instead.”
“I was explaining the treatment to the husband of a patient about to be discharged. He kept nodding and agreeing with me, but I knew it was flying over his head. Turned out a fundamental problem was that I was describing the drugs as ‘tablets’ and he had no clue what those were.”
Oh my god… I can’t decide if I should laugh or cry…
This is actually just downright sad. Like, I don’t judge the subjects of these anecdotes, I judge thr clearly massive failure of society to educate all of its members.
Not a doctor story, but in 10th grade biology class, my female teacher had to have an argument with about 5 girls in the class about how many holes they had below the waist. They were all incredibly sure that they peed out of their vaginas.
Half-Orcs get kind of a bum deal in Pathfinder. The entry on Half-Elves goes at length about how Elves are just so damn attractive to humans, portraying them as “idealized versions of [humans]”, which of course means they bang. Meanwhile, Half-Orcs are simply “rarely the…
Hell yes. Can we get an official petition going???
This song feels like it was written for me. The first line caught my attention IMMEDIATELY because I have Bipolar Disorder, and I actually teared up listening to this up-beat song because I related to it so much!
We just debuted the Pathfinder RPG’s newest iconic character, Shardra, the iconic shaman (a member of one of the new classes in the Advanced Class Guide). She’s the character we at Paizo will be using as our stand-in for shaman players in art, pregenerated characters, miniatures, stories, etc, going forward. She’s an awesome looking character, who, like all of our iconics, is depicted by artist Wayne Reynolds. Her Meet the Iconics story is written by one of our close friends and veteran freelancers Crystal Frasier. Shardra’s amazing and we’ll be seeing her adventures as one of the Pathfinder RPG’s iconic heroes for years to come.
We’ve had iconics of many genders, ethnicities, sexualities, etc, but Shardra is our first transgender iconic. This might not be a big deal for you, but I expect it to be for a fair number of readers, fantasy lovers, friends, and fellow gamers out there.
The Pathfinder Iconics have always been our stand-ins for player characters, for our readers, for the adventurers taking part in Pathfinder games across the world. We’ve purposefully made these heroes a diverse array of characters, not just for artistic reasons, but as an attempt to make sure that anyone can look through a Pathfinder RPG rulebook, adventure, story, whatever, and find a character who they identify them, whether it be a dashing fighter like Valeros, a lesbian cleric like Kyra, or a woman in tune with the spirits like Shardra.
If you haven’t had the opportunity yet, please check out Shardra’s meet the iconic story. And even better, drop a note on the Paizo message boards, welcoming her to the team and making sure all our friends and family members who identify with her know they’re welcome and wanted at Pathfinder game tables everywhere.
I know this probably isn’t a big step for the community, but it still made me cry. Gaming in general is so often considered a white-cis-het-male demographic, and it’s pretty cool to see that the tabletop folks are trying to include more people than their cousins in the video game industry. Way to fucking go.
Yesterday my fiancé suggested I make a male character for Pathfinder. And I (mostly being silly) declared women are much more interesting to play and then proceeded to “role play” a man by doing a ridiculous walky-dance and saying “HERP DERP I’M A MAN.”
He was laughing too…
This is a funny thing to me. Our group almost never plays humans because we think they are painfully boring. The thinking there kind of goes like this: “I’m already human, and I could go out into the world and experience non-tabletop adventure at any point.”
To be honest, I kind of hate that humans have that extra feat, because I feel like it’s built in specifically as an incentive to play a human. More than that, it suggests that humans differ from person to person due to experience while other races are magically somehow static. There are alternate racial traits, but chances are you didn’t learn a feat or anything nearly as useful before 1st level as an elf, dwarf, halfling, or gnome. It suggests an inferiority that I find repugnant.
Because our homebrew games tend to be the opposite of humanocentric we allow people to re-build their race with the race creator (with GM approval) if they want different racial goodies. They get the same 10 point race creator build and rules as the pre-gen races. They have to make sense with the character’s background and the race as a whole, but that tends to force people to write background stories.
Speaking of which, when we’ve had public games, it has been my experience that players who choose other races are more likely to write backgrounds than people who play humans. (Again, very important, not saying that that is how it is, just that it is my experience.) I think that this is because Golarion is a very humanocentric place, meaning that you need to know WHY you’re out and about MORE if you’re not a human.