Barry's annual physical was today. And, all went well with respect to his health!! Hooray!
Everything also went well with respect to the men's silk briefs we purchased for him to wear. They were very "panty-like", but also clearly had a pouch for his manhood, which made him more comfortable.
Our doctor was also clearly wonderful. She openly expressed how pleased she was that we came together and we talked about how important that was. I was thrilled when she went through his lab results. His total cholesterol is 125! And the ratios are all good. His diet and medications are working well after his heart attack. His blood pressure is also very low.
When it came time for Barry to strip down, she very nicely acknowledged the fact that Barry was shaved. She asked him if there had been any health issue, such as a rash, that caused him to shave. I was very impressed that Barry had the comfort level to respond "No, I do it because it pleases my wife". She quickly came back with "That is wonderful". That exchange made both of us feel very comfortable and allowed me to open up more during the visit. I was also not surprised by her sensitivity and caring approach, because I have had two previous visits with her. I thought Barry would like her very much, and that exchange sealed the deal for him.
When she examined his penis and testicles, she asked him if he periodically examines them for abnormalities that could indicate cancer. He replied that he doesn't and didn't know that he should. Feeling comfortable, I piped up with "That's interesting, because I have always been advised to do self breast exams. To my surprise, Barry chimed in with "Yes, and I've been helping her examine them for forty years". That caused us all to chuckle and for me to say "Perhaps I can now begin to learn how to help Barry examine his testicles". She agreed and gave us a very nice lesson with respect to how to roll each testicle between our thumb and forefinger, and what to look for. The good news was also that everything seemed fine.
She then had Barry bend over the exam table so she could examine his prostate. His PSA test had come back fine, but she took the time to explain the limitations and concerns about that test to both of us. She was very gentle with Barry and explained to him that he might feel some discomfort. I was then amazed at how she dove in with her finger. I couldn't resist asking her if this was another exam that I should consider doing for Barry. She very nicely explained that it really isn't necessary to do it that often and it takes more judgement than what lay folks normally can provide, but she also very nicely complemented me about wanting to be proactively involved. She made us all feel comfortable. She is a gift.
Barry and I had a nice lunch at a local restaurant after the appointment. It was a nice opportunity for us to discuss his impressions of his new doctor and how things went. He really liked her and felt very comfortable talking with her, which made me feel really good. We were also very pleased with his lab results. I have to confess that it has been difficult for me to live with the unknown after Barry's heart attack. It is one of those things that you realize can strike at any time. It is hard. But, Barry has been wonderful in his rehab efforts and religiously following the advice of his cardiologist.