Yesterday, in our small groups, my professor asked, “What are the only two reasons for not giving a rectal exam during a full physical?”
Everyone racked their brains trying to think of medical reasons, “Rectal bleeding? Infection? Cancer?”
And then I remembered something someone once told me.
Somewhat timidly I offered, “If your patient doesn’t have… a…. hole?”
And I knew I was on the right track, “OR IF YOU DON’T HAVE A FINGER!!”
That’s my girl.
The rest of my group was A) slightly confused and B) laughing hysterically. And as praise and encouragement are absurdly rare these days, I’ll take what I can get.