I just finished up one of life’s greatest joys as a middle aged man. The yearly wellness exam. You have to love the PC term that they now give the formerly name physical exam, wellness…..hmmm I guess it sounds more positive.
We are blessed. We have a great family doctor. She takes very good care of us and generally cares about our family. I went to school with her husband so we connect on a generational level too. That doesn’t mean I look forward to our annual visit.
I suffer from what Doc calls white coat syndrome. Whenever I see a white coat(Dr. lab coat), I get anxious. No shit. I would think you were some kind of a sadist if you didn’t. My pulse quickens, palms sweaty and my blood pressure goes up. I literally have to talk myself down in the waiting room prior to going in. Stupid really with the caring staff that I encounter. The fear of the unknown I am sure plays into that.
Doc, the nurses and I have really deep conversations. Part of it is to distract my mind the other is simple curiosity. We have discussed donuts, drinking, medical marijuana, sun burns and an array of other topics. Kids, social activities, todays PC climate, poison ivy and somewhere in there she convinced me to get my tetanus updated….I used to think this was just a precaution when I did something stupid like impale a body part with a rusty nail, not anymore now they mix in some magic elixir that keeps stuff like Whooping Cough away.
Overall it went well. I am a pretty healthy man. Yeah yeah, I know I could lose a few pounds but she pointed out I had over the last year and she mentioned I should exercise more (how about any) and my back should be addressed and that I drink too much beer(didn’t think that was possible), which I read to say drink more wine, after all it is good for you.
Pretty easy visit. I know you women get poked and prodded a lot more than men, but I have to tell you I will never be comfortable when she ends with “your going to feel a lot of pressure”…..yikes!