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Bob Lind, Published May 19 2012

Lind: Notice makes patients into comedians

The notice reads, “If you think you are pregnant, please tell the technologist before your exam.”

It’s posted in the X-ray rooms of Sanford’s Southpointe Clinic in Fargo. But similar notices no doubt are in every X-ray room in the country.

It’s there for the protection of a pregnant woman and her baby.

Some women are happy the notice doesn’t apply to them, while for some patients who are comedians, it sets them up for a joke.

The punch line

Helen Buckle is the general supervisor and a radiologic technologist for the Southpointe Clinic.

Helen says it’s common for women who are in the 40- to- 50- year bracket to tell the technologists, “Oh, I hope not!” Or, “I better not be!”

But it’s the guys, of course, who use the notice as a straight line.

Helen says it’s common for a man to tell the technologist, “No, I have to tell you, I’m not pregnant.”

And it’s also common, she says, for a man with “a large belly” to pat it and say, “I’m about eight months along.”

But these X-ray people can see right through this.

One more thing: Helen promises that if any man comes in who really is pregnant, she will let Neighbors know. There just might be a story there.


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