Back in the early 50's I was leaving College and wondering what I wanted to do, and was thinking of becoming a doctor. So to find out a bit more, I took a summer job at the excellent local Cottage hospital. They had about 12 beds. It involved general portering and cleaning under a medical technician. so I got a good idea of what was going on.
In those days nurses ordered enemas PRN and it seemed the practice there to welcome most patients with a soap suds enema on arrival and thereafter if there was any doubt at all about the state of their bowels further enemas as necessary.
The nurses had delegated the administration of the routine enemas to my boss, the technician, which took up quite a lot of his time. After a few weeks the technician went off on his summer holiday and the nurses said jokingly to me "Now you will have to do the enemas!"
I had by this time plenty of experience of being on the receiving end of enemas, which I had come to enjoy, so I immediately said yes, if they would show me how to do it properly! To which they agreed after consulting Matron.
They had a small separate room for doing the enemas on ambulantry patients, fully equipped with treatment couch covered with a red rubber sheet,separate toilet, sink and draining boards, steriliser, IV stand, and cupboards for the 2 quart white enameled enema cans and tubing, bedpans and other supplies.
So the following afternoon I was initiated in the art, first by watching the proceedure a couple of times and clearing up after and then actually giving my first enema! I have to confess that I really enjoyed the whole experience.
After giving a few more under supervision I was allowed to give them on my own dressed up in my white coat and red rubber apron. From then on for the rest of the summer quite a lot of my time was taken up in giving soapsud enemas and the occasional 'enema to clear', even after the technician returned. Even though I say it myself, I enjoyed myself thoroughly and I became very good at cleaning out my patients.
The summer passed too quickly. However I felt that the reponsibilities of the medical profession were not for me, although the wonders of the human body continue to fascinate me. Many year later, after I retired I trained and qualified as a colonic therapist and practiced for a number of years.