Paid a visit to the doctor today who is treating my knee problems. One element of the result was the scheduling of arthroscopic surgery for mid-May, on a tentative basis in case an alternative approach doesn’t work. During the processing of paperwork the nurse mentioned that, because of a 300 lb weight limit we would have to do the surgery at the local hospital instead of the Clinic Surgical Center. It seems as though the last time I was weighed at this doctor’s office (in January) I clocked in at 319 lbs. I immediately objected and told the nurse that I was well under 300 lbs. She marched me into the hallway and down to the nurses station and pointed to the scale and bid me mount it. I asked if I could take off my shoes and she consented. I removed my wallet and phone and then turned to her and said, “You know, when I weigh myself at home I do it without any clothing, can I take off my clothes so we get an accurate reading?
Quickly shaking her head she looked at me and in a voice just barely above a whisper said, “No, you can’t do that!”
I tipped the scale at 295 with my clothes on. She changed the form so I could have the surgery at the Surgical Center. I’m thankful to my girlfriend for her faithfulness in working hard since mid-February, to provide me only meals that are healthy and nothing more. She gets the credit!
On another note … what could the patient’s weight have to do with determining the location at which such knee surgery is to be performed?