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Dutch doctor actually did something! (yay)

So Dutch doctors are known for saying 'sit it out' and 'come back next week if it persists' or stuff like that.

Yesterday I called my doctor for some bump on my leg. I had noticed it on Sunday as a little red spot and figured it was a mosquito bite or something like that. It had grown though and yesterday it was a real bump, red, warm and painful! First the assistant told me he wouldn't have time until Friday, but after I told her about it she made me an appointment for this morning (which is what I asked).

I was first seen by the med student, who told me that it might be possible to cut it out, but she wasn't sure if I wanted that because that would hurt. I told her 5 minutes of pain would be better than the whole day, so she went and got the doctor and he checked it out and agreed. He gave me the option of 'waiting to see if it'd disappear on it's own' or cutting it open and cleaning it out, explaining that it's impossible to really numb something like that, so that it would really hurt, but that it was a good option. I opted for taking the bump off.

He then told me to go back to the waiting room, so they could see one more waiting patient and prep their stuff to excise the bump. Not even 10 minutes later I was called back.

Yes, it hurt really bad, even after spraying it with some cooling agent. I breathed through it though and 10 minutes later I was bandaged and out the door!

Sure, having that procedure wasn't fun at all, but I'm soooo glad I actually have found a Dutch doctor who's willing to do stuff. (My old Dutch doctor who was willing to actually treat me retired about 5 years ago and I haven't been able to find a good one since. I guess this one's a keeper!!!)

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  • I love gross stuff like that.  What was INSIDE the bump?
  • Yeah, tell us about your blood or puss or whatever.
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  • Umm...can I have this doctor's name?  Maybe I'll be able to get antibiotics when I'm on my deathbed...unlike with my doctor here in Eindhoven.

     Was it a boil??

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  • image twopeasinapod:
    I love gross stuff like that.  What was INSIDE the bump?
    Me too! I hope it was like...a tooth or some hair! :) haha
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  • haha, it was boil-like. A little abces with puss and lots of blood and gore.

    It was basically just a cavity that had formed that filled itself with pus, probably an insect bite or a sting from something that left a little something that got infected. The sheet of paper under my leg was all bloody and the blood even seeped through so the med-student had to clean all that up with disinfectant.

    @Onesly: It's dr. Erven on the Pieter Callandlaan in Amsterdam. I think his practice is 'full' though, so only people who move into Amsterdam West from a totally different zip-code are accepted as new patients. Wasn't there talk of you moving to Amsterdam, in that case, move to the West side (Slotervaart or Osdorp) and he'll have to accept you! Big Smile

     

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  • image EnidFalcor:
    image twopeasinapod:
    I love gross stuff like that.  What was INSIDE the bump?
    Me too! I hope it was like...a tooth or some hair! :) haha

    Gawd...you guys!!  Ick!  Remind me not to snack and nest simutaneously.

    Hope it feels better hon.  Hubs gets those all.the.time. and says they are so painful!

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  • image Shekels831:

    image EnidFalcor:
    image twopeasinapod:
    I love gross stuff like that.  What was INSIDE the bump?
    Me too! I hope it was like...a tooth or some hair! :) haha

    Gawd...you guys!!  Ick!  Remind me not to snack and nest simutaneously.

    Hope it feels better hon.  Hubs gets those all.the.time. and says they are so painful!

    Thanks! Right now it just feels a little sore/tense, like it's been worked on (which it has) so I'm guessing all will soon be good! 

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  • image twopeasinapod:
    I love gross stuff like that.  What was INSIDE the bump?

    lol.

    I'm happy that you had the issue taken care of promptly. I have a fabulous huisarts so I really can't complain. 

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  • You have to read this David Sedaris story about a boil: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2004/11/29/041129fa_fact1. Promise it will make you smile.
  • That's brilliant!
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  • I'm glad you liked it. Smile I saw David Sedaris read at my college in the US. I had tears rolling down my face.
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