wings and things


on March 13, 2013

I went to see a new chiropractor today because my chiro. brother is living in Honiara at the moment. So I showered and dressed in my going-to-town clothes, making sure I had decent underwear on in case I had to get into a gown.

Just before I left home, I ran outside in my old sandals to let the geese, ducks and turkeys out of their pens for the day. I accidentally stepped in a couple of puddles and so my feet were covered in mud, but, as I was running late, I just rinsed and wiped as much of the grime off as possible, then threw socks and boots on and raced into town.

Imagine my horror when the chiropractor asked me to take my boots and socks off! Dirty feet that have been inside socks and boots for an hour on a hot day aren’t particularly pleasant things to deal with.

Reluctantly, I took off my boots, then said to the chiropractor, Do I have to take my socks off? I think my feet might be dirty. He just smiled and said yes because he wanted to test my reflexes. Argh! So I peeled my socks off to reveal two filthy feet with matching toenails. I looked at them in shock and said, Oh no, they are dirty! as if I had never seen those feet before, as if they belonged to someone else, a dirty person.

The rest of me is clean, I said lamely, as I explained about the chookyard mishap. But the chiropractor just smiled and did the reflex thing and asked about the birds as if to distract himself from the horror of touching my feet.

Well how was I suppose to know he’d want to see my feet?

42 responses to “Embarrassment!

  1. I Once had a patient who came to see me about a foot problem but only on one foot. He was embarrased when I asked him to take off both socks. He only had one clean foot!

  2. bulldog says:

    Thanks for the laugh Julie… I have even pictured your face when ask to remove you boots… LOLOLOLOLOL

  3. Anonymous says:

    Heck, we must all be related. Just before leaving home to go to our new church I had to shoo some cows away from our yard. Too late to wash up, I just put on shoes and socks and we were off. Unfortunately it was time for ordinances–foot washing and Lord’s Supper. I tried to sneak out but the pastor nabbed me and said that we would wash each other’s feet. Talk about cow shit soup. Kept them talking for months.

  4. terry1954 says:

    that was so cute, decent undies, and dirty toenails………..hahaha

  5. So funny,so well told 🙂

  6. the hazards of taking care of our health — and you thought you had it covered with decent underwear — thanks for my early morning laugh of the day

  7. TBM says:

    Oh dear. Horrifying for you, very funny for me.

  8. UGH, I hate when stuff like that happens.

  9. katesurfs says:

    Haha! Reminds me of my mother telling me to always leave the house in clean underwear, because you never know where you will end up 🙂

  10. tootlepedal says:

    It’s called putting your foot in it.

  11. viveka says:

    Wow …. but your doctor have seen a lot worst. I would have been embarrassed too – but thanks for a great story that gave a big smile to me.

  12. victoriaaphotography says:

    Hilarious, Julie. It would be worse if you’d stepped in cow poo or chicken shit. Just be thankful it was only mud – I’m sure the Chiro. was.

    I hate having to undress at the Dr’s these days, because I’ve usually walked around for hours taking photos on the walk to the Medical Clinic. I’m always hot & sweaty. Wish I still had a car at times like these.

  13. This has me laughing! (with you and not at you) This is exactly the kind of thing that would happen to me.

    At least you were wearing clean underwear! That counts for a lot. 😉

  14. Putting myself in your place I can so imagine your ‘reaction’ .The old adage we always refer to that our mother’s told us ‘ always make sure you have clean underwear when you leave the house in case of accident etc’….didn’t cover make sure your feet are clean…lol Diane

  15. Colline says:

    I would have been embarrassed too – but maybe he is used to seeing dirty feet.

  16. You poor thing, I agree with the gang, your story is so very well told. So well told in fact that it gives your audience tremendous delight. I am sure that I had a similar experience with my rheumatologist on a few occasions. I can’t remember, which is my point; eventually this will fade away in the memory banks and you will be able to go on as if it had never happened.:)

  17. fgassette says:

    Funny, sorry for your embarrassment. Don’t worry, doctors have seen it all.


  18. catchatcaren says:

    this was sooo funny! that sounds like something that would happen to me for sure! lol!!!

  19. Robyn Lee says:

    lol ~ you are a pip Julie! Funny story to tell.. i can just picture the scene! xo

  20. elizabeth says:

    Who’s gonna tell mama clean undies are no longer enough? 🙂

  21. I find feet embarrassing whether clean or dirty. For some reason, I am completely disgusted by feet – except for my daughter’s when she was an infant. I love fat baby feet!

  22. janechese says:

    Ha ha.That was great.Anonymous had me laughing too. Both well told. Did you hear the one about the Mom who used her daughter’s craft cloth to give herself a quick swipe in the nethers before rushing off to the doc’s for a pap test. Turned out the cloth had glitter on it and with a grin the doc said he had never had a patient prepare themselves in that way.

  23. Oops! It’s probably happened to more people than you know.. When I was pregnant and had grown out of my own underwear, I ended up in the emergency room for an impromptu exam once.. and was caught wearing my husband’s underwear. They were clean, but still embarrassing.

  24. dcwisdom says:

    But you had on good underwear! Did you tell him that? At least he could have had a good, appreciative laugh about it! C’est la vie!

  25. There’s one for the album!

  26. Rhonda says:

    HA! Jules you are a constant source of giggling. I blame the Chiro…can’t he test your reflexes with your shoes on? I think he just might have a thing for feet!

  27. tersiaburger says:

    Thank you for the laugh! Well written!

  28. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Argh! I totally relate, though my incident involved frighteningly hairy legs.

    Ah, Julie :)…

  29. bluebee says:

    LOL – I’m sure he’s seen worse.

  30. FlaHam says:

    Julie, My mom always taught me to where clean undies incase I was ever in an accident. She never said anything about clean socks, maybe you mom taught you the same lesson. Then there is the fact he is a doctor making the big bucks, so he should be able to “handle” some dirty feet. Take care, Bill

  31. I’ve never taken my shoes off for any doctor!

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