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# How My Doctor's Office Torments Me by Using the Metric System

### Tuesday, May 29, 2018

I dread getting on the scales but what's even worse is getting on the scales at my doctor's office. You see, they only measure in kilograms--never pounds. In fact, you can't even have the machine convert your weight to pounds. It is simply set to kilograms. Bottom line: you have to do the math yourself. Now mind you, I said when I was in grade school that I did not have to really ever learn or know the metric system because I'm American, and we don't use the metric system. Fast forward four decades later and my doctor's office is tormenting me with the damned scales. How? Because I have to mentally remember or write the number of kilograms I weight and then get back to a computer to convert the number of kilograms into pounds using a conversion calculator (thank you, Internet).

At my last weigh, I was 139.8 kg. If ONLY that were pounds. Nicely done. Then comes the conversion and the sobering reality times 2.2 equals pounds. Dammit! 308.20 pounds. I hate you, metric system!

• TNCOUNTRYLIFE
That would probably drive me crazy!!!

The children's hospital here (Memphis) also measures in kilograms but they usually have a conversation table posted so that we can convert automatically.
918 days ago
• NONNATERRY
Hi Crissy, No this is in the good ol' USA. I have no idea why they do it this way. They have been doing this for years. Maybe because they also use ml for prescriptions also and they need to keep it consistent. I really have no clue.
920 days ago
• CHRISSYWILSON80
Did you live in another country, hence why it is in KG?
920 days ago
• MRSNAYE
Isn't that just the pits?
920 days ago
• NONNATERRY
LOL it's great at first...thanks for your funny share. :)
920 days ago
• DOREEN45342
I used my sister's scales the other day for my weigh in. She had it set on kg. I stepped on and off three times before I figured it out. Lol
920 days ago