All That Medical Information: The Little More Uncomfortable Stuff

Oh, here we are.  Yeah, this is a little early, but I’m home today, feeling not 100%–actually, feeling a little like I was hit by a truck ’cause we had a whole lot of practice last night and there was lots of cardio and skating and hitting–oh, was there hitting.

This means I spent most of the night awake and in pain and I decided not to go into work today as I’d likely crash and burn before lunch time.  Which means I’ll likely take a long nap this afternoon.

Who isn’t take a nap is Kerry, who has to talk about her medical history.  And it starts out pretty innocuous–


(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)


Coraline gave Kerry fifteen minutes to change back into her night clothes before continuing. The area where the bed had been was transformed into a love seat and a comfortable chair, along with a few end tables, for everyone to relax while they moved on to what Coraline refereed to as the medical history portion of the examination.

Most of the questions were pretty easy given that Kerry didn’t have much of a medical history. While it was true that The Foundation had pulled all the information on him that was available—everything from vaccination schedules to the times he missed school due to illness—what Coraline was looking for were his recollections of those same illnesses. She thought it was a bit strange to ask her this, as Kerry was hard pressed to remember what she felt when she got a case of tonsillitis at the age of four and couldn’t see any reason why The Foundation needed to know these things.

After Coraline finished with her questions of Kerry’s medical history, she flipped through a few pages on her table and seemed to concentrate on what was on the screen. Kerry felt a touch of trepidation at that moment, for Coraline’s demeanor changed slightly while she read. It wasn’t much, but Kerry felt almost as if she was preparing for something that might be a bit unpleasant…

She cleared her throat and looked up from her tablet. “Now, Kerry, this next part…”

Kerry pulled her robe around her as she stretched her legs. “Yeah?”

“What we are going to go over next concerns your sexual history—”


–Annnnnnd this probably isn’t what Kerry had in mind when the term “history” was brought up.  As you can tell by her followup:


“Wait—what?” Kerry glanced at Annie before turning back to Coraline. “My sexual history?”


Annie thought it necessary to speak up. “Why does The Foundation find it necessary to go into that?”

“Because this is the first time they’ve ever been able to track someone with the Bigender Gift from the early development of that gift and they want to follow the person’s development in all areas.” Coraline scratched her shoulder. “They know, as we know, that children begin developing sexually as well as physically, mentally, and emotionally as tweeners and teenagers, and they want to know as much about Kerry in that area as well. It’s that simple.”

Kerry tugged just a bit on her lower lip. “I know, but—” She pressed her knees together as she stretched her arms towards her thighs. “What are you going to ask?”

“The majority of this are yes/no questions, with a few that are further divided into a series of multiple choice selections. At no time will I ask you to go into any detail about—” Coraline tapped her fingers on her left knee. “—specific sexual activities. Just yes/no/multiple choice.” She flashed a smile. “Okay?”


Just simple yes/no/multiple choice questions.  Nothing hard.  Nothing to worry about.

Because who would want to make my kids uncomfortable?

The Las Vegas Massacre

Mike the Mad Biologist

Some thoughts on this weekend’s mass murder–and I’m trying to not repeat the obvious here:

  1. Everyone is a responsible gun owner, until he isn’t anymore. From news reports, it appears the shooter bought his guns legally, and, until the massacre, he had not broken the law. How legislation that is designed to ‘promote responsible gun use’ would have stopped this is not clear to say the least.
  2. We do not have a gun problem, but multiple gun problems. No one needs a semi-automatic rifle that can be easily converted to fully automatic. No one needs a high-capacity clip. But most gun deaths in the U.S. are a result of handguns, not long-barrel rifles:

    Overwhelmingly, in urban areas, homicides are caused by handguns–it’s not like the movies where every hardcase has a long-barrel semi-automatic. That’s what people in cities, regardless of race, worry about: someone pulling out a hidden…

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