Today my husband is beginning a round of physical therapy that will ultimately led him to becoming a member of the wellness center that I exercise at. His appointment was made two weeks ago, right after his yearly physical. I’ll fully admit that our daughters and I completely ambushed him into both the yearly physical and the physical therapy. Surprise forcing someone into something that they don’t want to do isn’t very nice, but sometimes it’s necessary.
You see, my daughters and I really, really love him, so before the physical (that we also forced him into going to), the three of us had a little family meeting that involved the plan of me going to his appointment with him. We knew he wouldn’t mention the fact that at 58 he has yet to have a colonoscopy, or his debilitating back pain caused by a past accident. So right after blood pressure checking, and before a dreaded prostate exam (which I was nice enough to leave the room for) I told the doctor all of his dirty little health secrets. This led to a colonoscopy being scheduled along with exercise and physical therapy being prescribed for his back.
I wasn’t sure whether it was the finger up the butt thing from the prostate exam, or the impending colonoscopy and physical therapy, but all during our drive home, my husband looked like a man violated. His sour expression changed only mildly as I attempted to snuggle up to him as he drove. “You sort of ambushed me,” he finally blurted out. “Yes, I did. Actually WE did,” I explained. His sour expression turned to one of love when he realized the sentiment behind it.
So today he’ll endure a therapy which he has equated to an “unwanted game of Twister”, and I’ll be right there making sure he follows doctors orders. As a mom, I’ve held down enough kids during shots and other medical procedures to know that sometimes what hurts us initially, is the best thing for us in the end.
Oh, by the way, my lovely male readers, are you taking care of yourself? Have you had all of the poking, prodding and testing required at your age–like a colonoscopy? Remember, there are people, big and little, who count on you to stay healthy and who would be devastated without your love in their lives. 🙂
Have you ever, for their own good, forced someone to do something they didn’t want to?
PS–I know you’re reading this during your lunch break, G! I love you!