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Date Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 04:50: pm
You're not alone with respect to having your rectal temperature taken at your age (20). True, if you hadn't ever had this done, it no doubt was a very humiliating and embarrassing situation, but as you indicated, necessary as per your doctor. A number of my female friends, some older than you, have also had their rectal temperatures taken, either in ER departments or on wards, and never really had a problem with it.
Very unlikely that you'll have this done again, but in the rare circumstance that you do, at least you'll know what to expect. And one good thing too, and that is, from your description, the thermometer used on you, was an electronic unit, probably a FILAC or IVAC unit, which is less time consuming than an older style glass-mercury rectal thermometer that had to remain inserted in the patient's rectum a minimum of 3 minutes.
But thanks for sharing your experience and concerns with the board and its members,.
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