In newFNP's dreams, her clinic would utilize the in-speculum pap light. What a world of difference those lights make.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Alas, despite her pleas, newFNP's clinic employs the bulky swan-neck pap light and right now newFNP's clinic is experiencing an epidemic of pap light demise. The storage closet is a pap light graveyard. Is it simply an issue of a burned out bulb? Did the lights just collectively decide to throw in the towel after years of vag lighting? NewFNP doesn't know, but what she does know is that she needs to put some light on the subject when it's pappy time.
Twice today, newFNP sat down on her rolly stool and went to grab the light only to discover that it wasn't in its corner. (One may wonder what this says about newFNP's powers of observation that she was already ready to roll before she noticed that the light wasn't there.)
The first time, newFNP tasked her MA to scrounge up a light.
The second time, newFNP said "fuck it," put the speculum in place and grabbed the otoscope from the wall, aimed it towards the center and identified the cervix. After all, it's not as though the vagina is some vast cavern and one needs some type of spelunking light by which to guide the journey. The anatomy basically regresses to the mean. Thankfully, her patient today was no anatomical outlier.
NewFNP is nothing if not handy in a pinch.