It's impossible to know everything there is to our lives – and as much as we would've liked that, some things are just not meant to be. Though, there are times when people's cluelessness makes you want to question your whole existence. 

It appears that many folks don't really know their anatomy. Some are confused about complicated things, so it's somewhat understandable – others get freaked out when they realize that their newborn child is toothless. Perhaps you could blame the education system on this issue, as it's a widely known fact that it all could be a little bit more informative – however, when somebody is surprised about their offspring's lack of teeth, it raises a question or two. 

An online user took it to one of Reddit's communities and asked the medical professionals about random human body misconceptions their patients have had. The experts have gathered together and shared a bunch of amusing and sometimes mind-blowing stories, resulting in the thread receiving nearly 17K upvotes and 7.3K worth of comments. 

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#1

The Pill

The Pill A couple was pregnant and didn't understand why since "they were taking the birth control pill". It turns out it was the guy who was taking it.

psyemphath , futurestreet Report

RandomBeing
Community Member
7 months ago

I mean he didn't get pregnant

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#2

Insulin Injection

Insulin Injection I asked an elderly patient to show me how she gives her insulin. She said, I need an orange. I said why? She said well, I draw up my insulin in the syringe, inject it in the orange and eat it! That’s how the Dr showed me to do insulin!

SecretMiddle1234 , keiichiro shikano Report

Saviik
Community Member
7 months ago

Maybe the doctor used an orange to mimic the injection itself, and the patient missed the vital bit of ‘pretend this orange is you in this demonstration’. Idk what else could have brought her to this conclusion O.o

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#3

Appendectomy

Appendectomy I can’t begin to tell you how many dudes have argued with me that they’ve had hysterectomies. And I’m like you mean appendectomy? And they are absolutely adamant that they had a hysterectomy.

dedredcopper , Elvert Barnes Report

Joel
Community Member
7 months ago

"I can prove it! See, no uterus!"

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#4

Blood

Blood I offered a diabetic a tissue after doing a finger prick to mop the the 2 drops of blood on his finger. He looked at me like I was an absolute idiot, said "you don't know very much do you" and sucked the blood off his finger. Then spend the next 5min 'educating' me that because he was a diabetic, he needed all the blood he had. Therefore he needed to 'put it back into his body' rather then wasting it by putting it on a tissue. He was under the impression that if he just drank his blood it would go straight back into circulation.

CreativeSun0 , Toshiyuki IMAI Report

May
Community Member
7 months ago

Did he think being diabetic made him anaemic? This doesn't make sense in any way

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#5

Hair Dyes And Babies

Hair Dyes And Babies Working in an ER as a nurse practitioner. I had a patient’s granddaughter, who was pregnant, ask me if she dyed her hair would it also dye her baby’s hair. Made my day!

mermaidmyday , Mustafa Khayat Report

Aubrie Allen
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh no. People like this shouldn't be breeding!

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#6

Body Tissues And A Clueless Dad

Body Tissues And A Clueless Dad My dad doesn't have a clue on anything that happens in the body. I told him I work in a tissue lab and he asked "oh are you developing new Kleenex?"

When I told him that I work with body tissue this man really said "oh, I don't think I have that. I just use Kleenex"

otter_space08 , Big Ben in Japan Report

Ms.M.
Community Member
7 months ago

Personally, I just use whatever brand is on sale 😺 Also: upvote for cat pic

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#7

Toothless Baby

Toothless Baby I had a father of a baby absolutely beside himself because his newborn baby had no teeth

GPFO , Marco Assini Report

Joel
Community Member
7 months ago

Any mother would be terrified to nurse a baby with teeth

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#8

Faceless Newborn

Faceless Newborn Baby came out face down ... father freaked out his child was born without a face. We had a good laugh after.

osrsmvk , lmcreglow Report

Karin Gibson
Community Member
7 months ago

I hope the baby did come out facing the bed as a face to pubes delivery is extremely painful and the head tends to cause very extensive tears

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#9

Fasting For A Blood Test

Fasting For A Blood Test “Did you have anything this morning for your fasting blood draw?”

“No, just tea with honey, and a glass of orange juice.”

commoncheesecake , Jeremy Keith Report

E B
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh my.

Candia Lee
Community Member
7 months ago

At least they were honest. My PCP did non fasting CBC; how accurate is that?

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OJ
Community Member
7 months ago

eh i can see how someone could mess this up, thinking they just couldn’t EAT anything

Karina Carr
Community Member
7 months ago

Every time I get these instructions they are always super clear not to eat or drink anything except water, and also clarify which medications are okay to take before the test.

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Jiminy
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

In Germany you have to come "nüchtern". Which in medicine is the word for having fasted. But in everyday use it's the word for sober. So it regularly happens that people come in having eaten, but weren't drinking any alcohol the evening before 😂

Loretta
Community Member
6 months ago

It doesn't seem very practical to use that word...

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
7 months ago

Got this with a lot of patients coming in for same day surgery. Oh yes. They had been called, came to the hospital for all the pre operative stuff needing to be done. We are like a broken record. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Oh yes. We ask when they arrive. "Have you had anything to eat or drink since midnight?". Answer: I had some Oatmeal about 8am. Why? Well, I was hungry and I knew it would be a long time before I could eat again. No....really. Just go have lunch, because your surgery has been canceled.

Monty Glue
Community Member
7 months ago

Does eating a stick of butter on the way in count?

AnnaBanana
Community Member
7 months ago

Nah, just makes the needle slide in muuuuch easier!

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Cezar Matkowski
Community Member
7 months ago

That's goes much, much deeper. I constantly meet people who are unaware how much sugar there is in common sodas and are sure that drinking fruit juice is a 'perfectly healthy choice' (in reality, it isn't, especially if you have problem any insulin-related problems). That's why a lot of competent physicians say precisely that one needs to eat or drink nothing (apart from water) in the morning prior to the blood test.

Daria B
Community Member
7 months ago

Sometimes, not even water is allowed the morning before the test. Depends what they're testing, though. I always ask, just to make sure. Some tests don't require you not to eat. I ask because of scheduling. If I have to come with an empty stomach, it has to be a morning, and I work.

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Catarina
Community Member
7 months ago

When i was pregnant i went to make the diabetes test. One Lady told the nurse She was fasting since 10pm the day before. And the nurse asked: what's that in your mouth?' She Said it was a mint candy since She had a cold....

Tim
Community Member
7 months ago

Soooo, I had blood drawn and urine once first thing in the morning. Doc: "You seem dehydrated." "Well, I didn't eat or drink anything since last night since you said to fast." Doc: "Oh, you can have water."

Eunice Probert
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm in the UK and we don't fast for annual diabetes blood tests any more. I don't know why the change, but it is easier to get blood from someone who has at least had something to drink in the morning.

Lydia Languish
Community Member
7 months ago

Same, I don’t have to fast anymore

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Cathy Jo Baker
Community Member
7 months ago

A few years ago my clinic's nurses and NP told me to drink water (absolutely no food) before my fasting blood draw (it was a CBC, lipid panel, the whole shebang) because it's better for your veins to be hydrated PLUS they told me I could have half a cup of black coffee. Although I dislike fasting blood draws (I have one a year, no biggie) knowing I can still have water plus my little smidge of black coffee in the morning makes it much easier.

Betsy Novack
Community Member
7 months ago

And a rack of bacon, hash browns and a 4,egg omelet with cheddar cheese and some toast. But I ate it really fast. That's why I was early.

Legend_Trooper
Community Member
7 months ago

What does this mean exactly?

Micah Chips
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

i'm not an expert but i'm pretty sure it's cause fasting blood test = you're not supposed to eat OR drink anything the day of the blood test (until they're done drawing the blood then you can eat and drink ofc lol) and i think tea w/ honey and orange juice have a lot of stuff that would add to your blood and make the results unclear. idk about that part tho.

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Dani Alexander
Community Member
7 months ago

🎶 somebody come get her 🎶

Sensitive Issues
Community Member
7 months ago

very common! smh

phil blanque
Community Member
7 months ago

Yep...just liquids....Oh, and a chocolate malt...still a liquid....more or less.

jk nbt
Community Member
7 months ago

it will show high triglycerides if you have the test anyway... the cholesterol numbers will be about the same...

Tim
Community Member
7 months ago

Also, sugar

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Jaguarundi
Community Member
7 months ago

I do hope that that was green tea. That makes your testing that much extra special.

Gerald Lewy
Community Member
6 months ago

and they walk among us!

Loretta
Community Member
6 months ago

Hmmmmm

Ozymandias73
Community Member
6 months ago

Come back tomorrow please

Nikole
Community Member
6 months ago

SMH

Brandy Grote
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Head desk

Bertha Garcia
Community Member
7 months ago

One time my mom took me to draw my blood and didn’t tell me I needed fasting. I told the nurse I had drank juice and said it was ok and continue with the test. My blood come out through the roof

Šimon Špaček
Community Member
7 months ago

At least this person said it. A lot of people say "nothing", but they had some kind of sweet drink.

Insert Generic Username
Community Member
7 months ago

Prior to being a lab tech, I was a phlebotomist. You'd be surprised at how common this is.

SeamusRGN
Community Member
7 months ago

Hba1c is 1000

Brian Bennett
Community Member
7 months ago

We used to have problems with this - some people just don't understand the word fasting! We had to tell patients for blood tests this meant nothing to ear or drink except water! They thought as long as you didn't have to chew it it was fasting!

Felicia Dale
Community Member
7 months ago

Ffs.

Tarryn Louise
Community Member
7 months ago

sigh.

Anne Edwards
Community Member
7 months ago

Does a donut count as breakfast?

Thomas Sweda
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh, OK then, let’s go.

Endre Carlin
Community Member
7 months ago

You're not supposed to fast before Blood tests in Norway, and i take Blood tests at least twice a yeat

Jellie Snijders
Community Member
7 months ago

This is classic, happens every day! Tea and toast isn't eating.....

Buren
Community Member
7 months ago

Sigh

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#10

Fruit Cake = Fruits

Fruit Cake = Fruits "What do you mean, I can't eat an entire fruit cake? Isn't fruit supposed to be healty?"

-Diabetic type 2 with a blood sugar level of 450 mg/dl.

VloekenenVentileren , Mitchell Hirsch Report

Sabse
Community Member
7 months ago

Now you know why he is diabetic

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#11

Sharing Is Caring, Even If It's The Birth Control Pill

Sharing Is Caring, Even If It's The Birth Control Pill Pregnant girl who were on the pill, asked why she get pregnant, discovered that one day she takes it, the next day it's her boyfriend and so on ...

That's not what we mean by "sharing cost"

And another one, she pulls the whole box of pills (Yes all 28) in a bottle of water, and take a sip once a day.

Jaakuna12421 , Amy Entwistle Report

Nathaniel
Community Member
7 months ago

Sex education is important.

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#12

Medication

Medication Pharmacist here. I had a patient call me and ask me why their medication wasn’t working anymore after they had stopped taking it.

lordvoldemortnosejob , Alabama Extension Report

R Carson
Community Member
7 months ago

Does NOT give me hope for future humanity.

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#13

Baby Teeth And Their Importance

Baby Teeth And Their Importance I’m a dentist and the thing we get all the time that I hate is parents not caring about their child’s decay because ‘they’re just baby teeth’. Losing baby teeth early causes all sorts of problems aside from the pain and trauma but in addition to that I often have to explain to parents that the adult teeth that erupt at age 6 are meant to last forever. They’re always oblivious.

dctrimnotarealdoctor , Bill Smith Report

High Mamii Melo
Community Member
7 months ago

My dentist of 25 years passed away 2 weeks ago. I am so sad! A lot of patients came to the funeral which made me smile :)

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#14

Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reduction Surgery I had breast reduction surgery. My husband went to the pre-op appt with me. The doctor was explaining the surgery and mentioned they would remove my nipples. My husband asked where they were going to get new ones from.

12 years later and we joke about wondering where the nipple locker is.

BB1429 , Jo Naylor Report

Chucky Cheezburger
Community Member
7 months ago

Sometimes you just gotta learn. I used to think that when a guy transitioned to a woman, they just cut down the tree,split the stump and saved them in a freezer or something for when a woman transitioned to a guy. But that was back in the olden days of the 90's.

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#15

Ankle Bumps

Ankle Bumps One time I had to explain to a parent that the “bump” on their child’s foot they were worried about was an ankle.

TheModernAlch3mist , molybdena Report

Beth L
Community Member
7 months ago

My sister got hauled off to the ER from Girl Scout Camp after a picnic table collapsed on her because she had an "unusual" bump on her ankle. Well, she has them on both ankles, and so do I, but the camp nurse never thought to look...

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#16

Tampons And Anatomy

Tampons And Anatomy I had a colleague in her thirties with children who had come to the UK after marriage - she asked me one day if you could use tampons before you were married. She honestly had no clue about her own anatomy.

shiveryslinky , Eric E Castro Report

Viv Justviv
Community Member
7 months ago

When I was in my early 20s, I had a female coworker who was at least 35 say she never used tampons because there are "so many holes down there." She was confused by her own anatomy!

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#17

Turns Out Whales And Babies Have A Lot In Common

Turns Out Whales And Babies Have A Lot In Common Had a mother ask if it was true that the soft spot of her baby’s head was “like a whale blow hole” that he could breathe out of. Apparently her own mother had told her that.

veggiethrower1 , Lukas Koster Report

Kalmar
Community Member
7 months ago

Her mother was a mermaid?? :D

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#18

Fetus' Hair

Fetus' Hair Sometimes in pregnancy women’s bellies can gain a little bit of hair, I assume from extra hormones etc. During a routine prenatal check a partner asked if it was the fetus’ hair poking through her skin.

CrumbFactory_ , Britt-knee Report

Poultry Geist
Community Member
7 months ago

Yep !

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#19

Bleach

Bleach Holistic doctors have convinced a lot of people that adding BLEACH to their drinking water will cure chronic diseases.

Literally a high enough dosage to stain clothing being drank through a straw.

BEST part is there's no convincing them otherwise.

Relative-Gap7643 , Mike Mozart Report

Nathaniel
Community Member
7 months ago

The Trump effect?

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#20

Heart And Its Feelings

Heart And Its Feelings I’m in the mental health field but I met with a client who was worried that if their relative had a heart transplant would the relative still love and remember them. The logic being that the feeling of love lives in the heart.

Ordinary_Donut1877 , Andréia Bohner Report

Nathaniel
Community Member
7 months ago

Sweet if it comes from a child, just baffling if it comes from an adult.

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#21

Baby And Doritos

Baby And Doritos Pregnant patient during ultrasound: “my baby loves Doritos.” Me performing the ultrasound on said baby: “awww, baby is opening its mouth!” Pregnant patient: “omg! It’s Doritos! I just had Doritos! It’s EATING the Doritos!”

heatherbacker , Jennifer Morrow Report

Rachel Cobb
Community Member
7 months ago

?????

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#22

Tube Issues

Tube Issues I've had male patients in my audiology clinic tell me they have fallopian tube issues. Perhaps I shouldn't assume they mean eustachian tube issues, but I do.

tunaMom20 , jeff covey Report

El muerto
Community Member
7 months ago

that's what happen when you google you symptoms

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#23

Seizures And Benzodiazepines

Seizures And Benzodiazepines They seem to think that, by pausing a ‘seizure’ to inform us that they’re having a seizure, they’ll get benzos. Lol no.

GPFO , bfi Business Furniture Inc. Report

Rachel Cobb
Community Member
7 months ago

As a person with Epilepsy; WTF? Dude... Really?

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#24

Blood Is Not Actually Blue

Blood Is Not Actually Blue I’m a phlebotomist. I’ve had so many patents tell me “blood is blue until it touches air.”

user789123456 , Herry Lawford Report

Otter
Community Member
7 months ago

Well, I actually heard that in high school science class! Apparently it was thought to be true, back when people thought the hemoglobin molecules dropped off all the oxygen they carried in the capillary beds. Actually, venous blood is about 70% oxygenated, and if you see blood circulaing through an ECMO machine (heart-lung bypass), the venous blood is darker red than arterial, but not a lot darker.

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#25

Students And Their Bizzare Questions

Students And Their Bizzare Questions I taught a college level health ed class, and the misconceptions were truly astonishing.

Students wondered why household bleach could not be injected into a vein to cure HIV, and questioned why alcoholics were not immune since alcohol is an antiseptic.

Voc1Vic2 , I am R. Report

Joel
Community Member
7 months ago

We need more whiskey, stat!

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#26

Urethra

Urethra Not a medical professional, but I had a coworker who did not know she had a urethra. She thought that was something only men had. I had to break it to her that she did indeed have a urethra.

TriggerHappy92 , Dennis Jarvis Report

Gaby Almodovar
Community Member
7 months ago

That picture is disturbing.

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#27

Retinal Photos

Retinal Photos I used to take retinal photos to look for diabetic retinopathy. When I would call to make appointments, more than once a patient said “Well I just saw the proctologist.” No sir, these are retinal photos, not rectal photos.

TheManInBlack36 , Rick Kimpel Report

Ms.M.
Community Member
7 months ago

Butt, they just misunderstood 😂

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#28

Papercuts

Papercuts I'm not a doctor, but my sister works in a hospital. No, you don't need to go to the ER for a papercut. You won't bleed out

Pugkin5405 , Dennis Jarvis Report

Jennifer
Community Member
7 months ago

But their primary can't see them for a month! 🤣

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#29

Is It A Bacterial Pneumonia Or Just A Disturbing Emotion?

Is It A Bacterial Pneumonia Or Just A Disturbing Emotion? “How are you feeling today?” “Not great, I have a cough that starts from an emotion in my throat and chest. That emotion disturbs me.”

... a bacterial pneumonia ... roommate is a neighborhood “spiritual guru”

SymBoL94 , Mike Mozart Report

Nathaniel
Community Member
7 months ago

I am disturbed by their emotion also.

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#30

Healthy Eating And Alcohol

Healthy Eating And Alcohol That the only reason to eat healthy is to manage weight. Also that alcohol is not harmful unless you are a full on alcoholic.

LongDance , I am R. Report

Jeff Gabrisl
Community Member
7 months ago

Alcohol is harmful unless you're an alcoholic, taking alcohol away from an alcoholic can kill them...

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