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Date Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 10:50: am
Doctor visits were a big affair in our family. Coming from Boston, family was, and still is, everything to us. My dad is Irish and my mom Italian, so just imagine that mix in a big family. We lived in a 3 family house, my grandparents lived on the first floor, we lived on the second family floor, and my aunt lived on the 3rd family floor. There were 5 kids living in this house with our grandparents. During the winter, at any given time, one of the 5 of us was sick with a cold or something. Doctors still made house calls back then and when he had to come over it seemed everyone came over to see the sick child's. Usually the living room couch was made into a temporary sick bed so the we could watch our black and white TV while laying on the couch. When the doctor came over there was no such thing as modesty, whomever was there got to see the exam. Out of the 5 of us, it was my brother and I, two girl cousins and a boy cousin who lived upstairs from us in the third floor apartment. You knew that all the cousins would be there when the doctor came, and to be honest, I was like my other cousins and went when they were sick just to "see" what I could "see", lol...But I have to say, when my girl cousins got examined it seemed the doctor was more careful on what he let be seen compared to the boys. When the girls needed their temperature taken in their bottom, the doc would just lower their pajamas enough so he could insert the thermometer and then sit in a position where he blocked most of the view from everyone. Also if one of my girl cousins needed a shot, just one side of their pajamas were brought down and the shot given. Still we found out that the girls were still embarrassed by all this. The boys were treated differenty and exposed more and at some points during an exam there was frontal nudity that the girls were able to observe. As we all know, things are much different today than in the 60's and 70's, but I do think times were better back then.
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