Woah, where did the time go? It didn't seem that long ago that I saw the doctor but a year has passed and today was the day of my yearly physical exam.
From start to finish everything took right at 2 hours. I arrived 10 minutes early to fill out paperwork and went back with the nurse a full 30 minutes after arriving. She took my weight and height in the hallway and vitals in the exam room and then gave me a gown and told me to change into it with it open to the back. She said the doctor was finishing up with another patient and had one more before mine... I waited another 30 minutes in an ice cold room before the doctor arrived. It was quite apropos that the gown I was given had the same snowflake pattern as last year and the painting on the wall was of a small cabin in a snowy woodland. I knew it wasn't just me when the doctor walked in and said it was freezing and went to turn up the temperature. I'm just glad the gown was large enough to wrap around myself tightly and I'm glad I at least had underwear on.
The history portion was quite thorough yet brief since none of my health numbers are out of normal ranges.
The physical exam started with a check of both ears, then my mouth, and then my eyes. He then moved on to feel the lymph nodes around my neck. He then listened to my breathing with the stethoscope on my back. Next, he had me lie down and he lowered the gown to my waist. He then listened to my chest and moved on to abdominal palpation. He then did some quick palpation around my groin area. He didn't reach into my underwear but did go quite low and felt very near my genitalia on both sides - he didn't go that close last year.
Next he tested strength in my legs by having me extend them and resist him pushing them down and then my arms by having me make a fist and pushing against him outwards.
Next was the testicular and hernia exam. This time he specially mentioned both parts instead of just saying "testicular exam" like last year. Once again, the gown was completely off so I just set it aside and stood up in just my underwear. Once the gloves were on he said "alright" which was my cue to lower my underwear. He seemed to do a longer testicular exam this year than he did the last two years. There was a quite thorough check of each testis and I could feel he was palpating all surfaces of my left and then right testis. He then briefly lifted my penis and then did a standard hernia exam on each side. My left testis has been a little sensitive all day which I attribute to the thoroughness of the exam.
Next he finished up his notes on the computer while I got fully dressed with him in the room. I was then sent off for blood work next door.
All in all a very standard, yet complete exam. The only downside to this particular doctor is the wait time, but that's a small price to pay for such a friendly and excellent doctor.
Sadly I have to wait a full year before the nervous anticipation of my next physical!!