Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Pimp

Why must they call it pimping?

Couldn't they think of another word to describe what happens when the attending or chief resident asks questions meant to humiliate and embarrass junior residents in front of their peers. Surely another word would do.

I hate hearing that word PIMP, PIMPING, PIMPED!

Every time it is used I automatically see a scantily clad woman with cleavage leaning over a car pulled over on the side of the road. Thanks to the movies I know what she looks like. The pimp is a little less obvious, but the ones I have seen have typically been dressed in poor Halloween attire: funny hat, gold chains, leisure suit, creepy smile - you seen him too! Anyone notice that Halloween brings out the pimps and "ladies of the night" in otherwise normal decent people? (Another topic for another day).

I have had to ask my husband to refrain from using that word in our house, I dislike it that much. Not only does it conjure up the image I just described, it makes me think of dirty "relations" - and I don't want to associate those thoughts with where he works.

There is plenty of "dirty" business going on in the hospital but I'd prefer to think that when he goes to work there are angels singing and healings performed. That all those white coats symbolize all that is pure, noble, and clean. I don't want to know about who did what with who and where. I don't need to know about all the talk that goes on over the operating room table or the awful music they play. I don't want to hear about how his mentor is just looking for a sexual harassment lawsuit with some of the stuff he does/says to the OR staff.

My husband is about as clean and innocent as they come (or he used to be before medicine started to slowly corrupt him). We have both come to the conclusion that we are oblivious to most of what goes on around us because we just assume the best about people.

So and so would never cheat on his wife. So and so would never just up and leave her kids. People don't go around having non-committed "relations" in janitor closets, call rooms, etc. People are generally decent right? The more we find out, the more I think we are just totally clueless. I'd like to keep it that way.

1 comment:

  1. AMEN!! My husband did explain to me that PIMP stands for "put in my place", as you're being put in your place/reminded that you're an ignorant peon and the attending is God. My husband came home once and described only a fraction of what one surgeon was saying in the OR and told me,"Rena, you would have walked out in five minutes. You would have been that offended." The funny thing is, everyone LOVES this completely inappropriate, lewd, crude attending! Everyone raves about him and how awesome he is (as a person!!!)! What the?!?!?

    I've never been one to want to settle in Utah, but if it means that my husband isn't constantly subjected to filth day in and out in the OR, I might reconsider....


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