Rectal Temperature In The Er
I thought I might have appendicitis so went down to the local hospital ER. They gave me a room, a gown, and told me to take everything off. The doctor came in, examined and palpated me. He said he needed to take my temperature. As I sat on the table watching him, I see him pull on a rubber glove and get out the lube. He told me to lie on my left side facing the door. I asked him why a rectal measurement, and he replied it was more accurate for appendicitis. With that he slipped the thermometer up my rectum. He was called out of the room and he left the door open, so anyone walking by could see me lying there with the electronic thermometer up my butt. Turns out it wasn't appendicitis so went home. But preferred erring on the side of safety.