I’ve done the “admit your ignorance” thread before, but now I want some anecdotes of moment in your life where your “dumbness” on a topic was exposed.
Yesterday, I had a physical. No big deal, just a routine annual thing. Anyway, the doctor only had me use a finger-prick blood check instead of sending me down to the lab to actually draw a vial. I’m fine with that. I’m healthy and I don’t need a full lab test done, anyway.
He comes back into the room and says, "Well, your hemoglobin is a bit low. Not sure if it is the inaccuracy of the test or if your hemoglobin is actually low. It’s not dangerously low, but we should have you go to the lab in about a month and do a proper check. "
He tells me my hemoglobin levels and what the proper levels should be.
I said, “So, what does that actually mean?”
He looks at me. “It means your hemoglobin could be a bit low…”
I realize that while I’m intelligent, I don’t exactly know if I can explain/define hemoglobin and how being a bit low in it would affect my body/life. I stare at him a bit.
He says, “It’s measured in grams over deciliters. Is that what you are asking?”
I stare at him. “Um, OK. Thanks.”
I was too embarrassed to literally ask, “What exactly is hemoglobin and if I don’t have enough, will I die?” OR, “How will I feel if my hemoglobin is low?”
I realize…he just assumes that every intelligent adult knows the basics of blood and so forth. In fact, I begin to realize that I probably should know this information and to ask him any more will reveal my idiocy to him and I’ll become a funny anecdote for him to tell later.
I went home and Googled it. Well, first I told my wife about the hemoglobin level being a bit low.
She looked at me.
“What’s hemoglobin again?”
I’m glad I married her.
I’m fine, by the way. The doctor didn’t seem significantly concerned and when I googled later, I figured out that I had been told this once before and a full test showed I was fine.