Mar 15, 2013
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.