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Underwear for Physical Exam

Mar 20, 2013 - 1 comments
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physical

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physical exam

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underwear

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nudity

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modesty

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privacy/modesty

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choice



I believe that when a man goes in for a physical exam, he should strip to his underwear and sit on the exam table. Why is there a need for a gown or anything else?

Let's face it; those large rectangular exam gowns are just silly and awkward. Honestly, if I can go to the beach in a small pair of shorts, why is it inappropriate for the doctor to see me without a shirt on? How can the doctor help me to maintain my health and treat my body unless the doctor actually sees and examines my body?

There's a lot of chatter these days about medical modesty, and I think it's just overblown. Are we not adults? When I go for an exam I want to be thoroughly checked. I want the doctor to have a good estimation of not just the particulars but my overall health. This means that the doctor needs to be well acquainted with my body.

Waiting on the exam table in underwear seems completely appropriate. And, at the time of the genital/rectal exam the shorts should be pulled down or removed. This just makes good sense.

I also believe that nude with a small blanket/cover is equally appropriate. Although, I don't think it's helpful when the cover is a giant king-size wrap.

I am hoping to have a relationship with my new doctor that will allows us to stop being afraid of the body, stop being afraid of lawsuits, and focus on what matters most, my health. Right now modesty is just getting in the way.

That's the way I see it.

Cleaning Up

Mar 18, 2013 - 0 comments
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stress

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Cleaning

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house cleaning tips

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Mental Health



I like things nice and neat. However, I sometimes get busy, and like many people I tend to accumulate papers.

One thing I have realized that helps me to keep my house/office clean is just prevention. I try not to make a mess in the first place. It's a lot easier to keep the house cleaned up than to clean it after a month of neglect.

Years ago I heard someone talk about cutting down clutter. He said, "If it will take 20 seconds or less just do it right then." This seems like such a small thing, but I believe this is key to keeping my house clean. I just do a lot of little chores all along the way.

You should try it! Cheers

Skin Cancer Screening

Mar 15, 2013 - 1 comments
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skin cancer screening

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gown

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naked

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nudity

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modesty

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Physical examination



I went to the dermatologist recently for a skin cancer screening. Here's what it was like.

I had to fill out some paperwork, and I listed family members who had melanoma. That's one of  the main reasons I went in for the screening. This took about 5 or 10 minutes.

They called my name and took me back to the room. I was told to undress to my underwear and to put on a gown. Now, this is the reason I'm writing my thoughts.

The gown was just ridiculous! It was a rectangle when folded, and when I unfolded it it was still a large rectangle. There was absolutely no ergonomics to the thing what so ever. I pulled it onto the front of me and sat there with big creased shoulders.

When the doctor came in I was asked to lie back onto the padded table. Then the doctor pulled the gown to expose my chest and arms. It took less than a minute for her to check, and then she put the gown back up over me.

Next I was instructed I could roll over onto my stomach which was just silly. How could I roll over on a narrow table with my legs sticking out over the end? "Or," she said, "you can stand." So I stood up.

While I was standing with the gown on the doctor looked at my back, and then we were done. She said there was nothing to worry about. The spots I had asked about were not threatening. I was warned about too much sun exposure and told to always use sun screen. I should be checked once a year.

I guess I just don't understand the gown. It was awkward! It actually made me feel vulnerable because I felt an obligation not to offend the doctor. It just seems that the medical profession is overly concerned these days with modesty.

I mean, seriously, I go to the pool and the beach not wearing a shirt, why is it a problem for me to not wear a shirt during an exam? I would have been perfectly comfortable in my underwear. I would have actually felt more comfortable because I would have been able to move more freely. And, how is my underwear that different from a bathing suit? It's almost the same really.

I think guys should strip to their underwear (always taking care to wear a nice clean pair). If the doctor is going to treat the body, the doctor should not be afraid of the body.



Weather App - Fitness

Feb 11, 2013 - 0 comments
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Fitness

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Running

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weather

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Exercise



This is a small thing, but one very useful tool I have found for staying in shape is the Weather Channel app on my phone. It has allowed me to see the temperature and chance of precipitation for every hour of the day.

I check the app in the morning, and I can see when the optimal time for going outside to run or exercise is.

Like I say, its a small thing, but if I can avoid being too cold or getting rained on it's just that much more likely that I will exercise.

Food for thought!