This morning I had to go to the doctor for a follow-up check on something I had investigated back in October. Last fall, I found a lump in one of my ladybumps and given my family's history with fibroid cysts in their breasts, I knew I needed to get it checked out stat. Turns out I just have uneven tissue. Go figure; fits with the rest of me.
Anyway, as if it wasn't awkward enough to walk into an exam room knowing a very nice man was going to come feel me up for 15 minutes, I was immediately taken aback by a big black spiderweb in the corner of the room. Don't worry, it was plastic. But I wondered why it would be there. Maybe it had been there back in October (which would have made a lot more sense) and I hadn't noticed it. But even putting a decoration like that up for Halloween seems a bit odd to do in a doctor's office. Where women take off their tops.
The room had a lot of different art on the walls, too. I remember admiring a large picture of the Rialto Bridge in Venice last time I was there. But today I also checked out the old black and white "doctor" prints that were on display. One had a mostly naked woman lying on an operating table while the doctor stood over her and the caption below it asked something like, "Donde es el amor?" Which I don't even think is proper Spanish. But if it was mentioning "love," it was clearly not a nice vignette of the medical industry. It may have been a bit of 19th century porn.
The second picture also had a woman sprawled out on a table with her doctor nearby, but she was clothed. Maybe this was an earlier shot in the porn pictorial.
It was strange.
The doctor couldn't have been nicer. He's great and my mom has gone to him for about 20 years, so he knows our family well. But I think he is European...so maybe that's the reason for all the eccentricities. Or maybe he thinks that putting freaky stuff around will distract women from the fact that they might have problems with their tatas. I guess I'll never know.