Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My Acupuncturist the Dragueur

Today I went to see an acupuncturist for treatment of my persistent migraines.

While taking my complete medical history he asked me a whole bunch of questions none of which seemed out of the ordinary. At one point he did inquiry about my relationship status which I found a tad peculiar but I let it slide and the querying continued. However, when he finished asking me all of the "official" questions the following dialog took place:

Acupuncturist: So why are you single?
LE: Uhm I'm not really sure.
Acupuncturist: Do you ever think about why you are single?
LE: Uhm sometimes but generally I have other thoughts that occupy my mind.
Acupuncturist: I don't understand because you are a nice girl.


Now, I may not have a background in ancient Chinese medicine but I'm pretty sure that the above line of questioning is not only unnecessary but totally inappropriate. But I figure with the cost of the session partially being covered by the French social security system and the balance being covered by my mutuelle, making the visit essentially free, I can't really complain can I?


David said...

Nah, you're just being a puritan American here...

Sounds like small talk to me. He may or may have not be hitting on you, but this was definitely not inappropriate.

L'Étrangère Americaine said...

It may have just been small talk but it made me feel slightly uncomfortable.

And sticks and stone may break my bone but words will never hurt me David :)

Ksam said...

But the real question here is - Were you in your underwear?


Leesa said...

Was he cute, at least?! I was totally infatuated with my acupuncturist for about 3 years!! He was a sweetheart and cured me of so many things...

Just think, if he ever became your b/f, he could bring his needles and herbs to you house directly and do the treatments, there... You'd never have to leave home for acupuncture...

By the way... what's a cute and nice girl like you doing being single.... I can set you up... hehehehehhehe ; ) *wink *wink!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree, this sounds typical for France. In the US, I would definitely consider that inappropriate, but in France, I would simply think it's typical and just ignore it if it's bothersome.

My French GYN even made such remarks to me - while my feet were in stirrups. :o


L'Étrangère Americaine said...

ksam I wasn't in my skivies at that moment but was shortly thereafter.

Leesa he wasn't cute, he wasn't my age and there were pictures of his wife and kids throughout the office :)