I always feel really bad when I have to tell a patient they have to have a rectal exam. Especially if they’ve never had one before. I always try to be nice about it, but sometimes the response I get is kind of weird. For example, I got this response from a rectal bleeding guy in the ER:
"I'm sorry," he said when I broke the news.
"No, I'm sorry," I said. "Have you ever had one before?"
"Well, I'll try to tell you everything I'm going to do before I do it so you feel more comfortable," I said. "Lucky for you, I have very small fingers."
He replied, "Well, either way, it's better than a fist."