....exam fetish. Things were simpler back then, that's for sure. I remember finding The Teenage Body Book in my school library.
"As your doctor begins to examine your abdominal area, it's important to relax, as tense abdominal muscles can make an accurate examination difficult. If the doctor touches a ticklish spot, don't be ashamed to giggle...We all have such spots. You're normal. So giggle, then take a deep breath and try to relax. In this part of the physical examination, the physician will check the size of the liver and spleen as well as look for any signs of tenderness of these organs. She/he will also gently examine this area for any evidence of abdominal masses, tumors, or tenderness." I could go on. The countless hours spent....ummmmm...thinking about the girls in my class giggling as their doctor touched their ticklish bellies while doing a thorough exam....yeah.
A while later, in a adolescent medicine text book, I found some great tips for the teen physical exam and sports physical:
It helps to point out normal findings as you go along....."Your heart is perfectly normal. I don't feel anything in your belly that shouldn't be there"
ABDOMEN AND GENETALIA: The athlete should be supine during the abdominal examination, during which the physician looks for intraabdominal masses and hepatosplenomegaly.
And lastly, least I bore you with my tummy thing, this from Seventeen Magazine:
"Some doctors then check the thyroid and listen to your heart and lungs before proceeding to the basic breast, tummy and pelvic exam."
"Next, she will feel your stomach, pressing down in certain places. Relax, this is just to check for areas of tenderness and unusual lumps. if any part of the exam hurts, speak up. pain can be a sign of a problem, and the doctor needs to know about it."
Things were way simpler back then.