When people typically go to a doctors visit, physical therapy or the like they are one on one with their medical professional. I, on the other hand, get to have an entire room filled with medical professionals. That’s fine, I’ve never really cared who was in the room as long as they could help me or learn from my case. I had a rare form of meningitis and so I have very specialized prostheses to go along with it. Today, I met with someone to help me to keep my current insurance indefinitely. Let’s hope it works! I did the normal intake with the medical assistant/nurse and then waited for the doctor to enter the room. Seven minutes later, in walks my prosthetist, three students, another prosthetist, the doctor and my physical therapist.
Most people don’t like going to the doctor (I don’t blame you!), to most a crowd of people in the room would make them uncomfortable but to me - I am just used to it. Sure, sometimes the doctors are cute and you’re thinking, “great, here I am in my underwear and now one of my legs is exposed.” It’s uncomfortable but then you remember these are doctors. I like to bring my grandma with me so I’m never in a room with 10 dudes (be them doctors or not) just in my underwear talking about my case. Pretty much any time I am at the doctor I am told to take off my prostheses. I am pretty healthy woman all things considered. I really only go to the doctor because something is wrong with my legs or prostheses. This requires me to be in my underwear a lot. Tonight, I made a joke to my mom when I was showing her a sore I currently have, that the entire medical population in Wisconsin has seen me in this state. I only said it before her boyfriend entered the room as I was getting back into my prostheses. I mean, really who cares? Everyone has skin and everyone has a body. I shouldn’t be ashamed of it since mine is “different” than the norm. Still working to embrace it outside of the medical world and every day it gets better!
In all my years of having to “strip down” I have figured out that people will see “less” of my underwear if I wear a dress or skirt to my appointments. Greatest break through I’ve had. Don’t be embarrassed that you’re in your underwear as someone is trying to learn and help you get better. Just wear some cute & non-transparent underwear (because lets face it, I’ve been the girl in those sexy time underwear at another leg appointment).