The naked gardener
God's original intent
No tan lines does not necessarily mean one is a nudist. My step daughter has no tan lines, but objects to nudity outside of the tanning booth.
The last time the Eastern Naturist Gathering was held in Lenox, mrslurk fell and broke her arm. I had to take her to the emergency room in Pittsfield.
Anyway, she threw a jacket over herself - an old extra large Naturist Society jacket, so oversized, it was like a cape.
When we were checking her in, the nurse asked her to take the jacket off -- in an open area. mrslurk said "I can't, I don't have anything on underneath this." The nurse then asks, "where did this happen?" mrslurk says where -- and the nurse then whispers in her ear "OK, I go to Berkshire Vista!"
Later on, we meet another nurse, who tells us "my son works at Eastover"... to which we said, "they're doing a great job up there, they always have, we are going to be there in the morning, what's his name?"
The nurse said "oh, I wouldn't let him work there this week. I didn't know what it would be like, and everyone under 18 had to have parents' consent to work there during that gathering. And he's only 16." I replied that it was too bad, because the staff said that we were the best group of people that they had all year -- as far as security, incidents, trouble, over the 10-12 years the TNS gathering had been there, there were very few incidents and they were things like a guy locking his keys out of his car, etc. and she said "yes but I didn't know if it would harm him being there."
Anyway, mrslurk recovered around 90 percent mobility in her arm and shoulder and didn't require surgery. And sadly, that was the last naturist gathering there, not because of her injury, but because the family who owned the resort closed it, sold it off. The new owners have put a lot of money into restoration (reportedly millions) and have attempted to run several other non-nude events there this year -- it remains to be seen if the new owners would welcome us, or if it's felt the event could be affordable there.
Last edited by usuallylurk; 09-19-2012 at 06:58 PM.
The world of nudism, or naturism, can go FAR beyond sitting naked at a keyboard. If you never have tried nude recreation - or social nudism - you're missing out on some fantastic life experiences. TRY IT SOMETIME. Contact your local groups. You'll wonder why you didn't do so sooner.
All my physicals have been in the nude and my doctor is a female.As I expalined to her the gown would have to come off any way why bother.She examines my skin all over to make sure no cancer spots start showing . After the exam she goes over my previous lab tests and goes over plans how to get my good cholesterol up and my bad one down.
She said I will need to be seen by a surgeon for my inguinal hernia.The surgeon is a female also and yes I was naked again.
I had a physical back in May with a new PCM. I tried wearing a gown but quickly realized it was pointless so it came off. We spent 30 min or more with me wearing nothing and the Dr did not seem to even notice which made me both relax and trust him. He checked out several "spots" I had some questions about and he assured me there was nothing to worry about. If I had been covered, most if not all of those would have been missed and I would have likely forgotten to mention them.
Can't say I would have done this with previous Dr who happened to be a female from Africa. The physical exams I had with her lasted only minutes and she just checked the basics and left no sense of confidence about her skills. And for the record, her sex and origin were not a problem but her demeanor and seemingly indifference to me as a patient forced me to find a new PCM. The new Dr not only accepted me in a nude state without question but made every effort to understand and know me as a patient and quickly gained my confidence. So, from this point forward I will be both relaxed and nude when having a physical.
Life starts now, so start living! So why not live nude?
A couple of weeks ago, my primary care doctor sent me to a dermatologist's physician's assistant to take a look at a spot on my chest and a couple spots in my groin area. I was able to get an appointment the same day. Since I had just been to see my doctor, I was only wearing a t-shirt and jogging shorts. I generally wear clothes that can be quickly removed when I go to see the doctor so that she can check for skin lesions.
I was being interviewed by the nurse at the dermatologist's office, giving all my medication information, etc. I told her about the spots that I wanted to have checked. She then began to explain, rather tentatively, that I needed to be undressed. I put her mind at ease right away by telling her that I am not modest at all, in fact, that if I were home, I would be nude anyway. She seemed quite relieved. She told me, "You wouldn't believe how many people come to a skin doctor and then don't want to show their skin!"
Before she left the room, she left a paper drape on the table. After she left, I undressed in mere seconds and sat on the table, laying the folded paper drape across my lap. Once the PA entered the room, I was asked about my issues. I pointed out the skin tags that usually form around my collar area, the spot on my left pectoral area. Tossing the paper drape aside, I showed her two small spots on my penis/scrotum and one more bump midway between my scrotum and anus. She looked closely at all the areas, and became concerned about the spot on my chest. My primary doctor had frozen the spot about a year earlier, however, it healed or changed appearance.
The PA told me that she would like to take a biopsy of the spot on my chest. She also wanted the doctor to take a look at it and the other in my groin area. She left the room and returned with the doctor a few minutes later, followed by another nurse and a medical student, including the nurse who was already in the room, there were five people in the room, with me sitting very comfortably, nude. There was not a moment that I was nervous, embarrassed, self-conscious or aprehensive. Only one of the five people seemed to be averting her eyes while in the room with me while I was nude. Everyone else was nonplussed.
Three people left the room and the PA proceeded to take a biopsy of the spot on my chest. As I sat there, still nude, she injected the numbing solution in my chest and then sliced, what seemed like a chunk, out of my chest. Little did I know...
The pathology report that came back was not good. I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Apparently, this is a very slow growing cancer that is found in the layers of the skin. But, once it begins to change, it can spread deeper in the skin, move into the bones, organs and the lymph system. I am very fortunate to have caught this early. The doctor was able to remove the cancer, along with a buffer of healthy tissue. Now, that was a CHUNK!
I have another appointment in a few days to remove my stitches, which have already come out, and to check the progress of the other lesions after applying ointment for almost a month.
I am not sure that I fully believe that skin cancer is caused by exposure to sunlight. After all, our skin uses sunlight to produce vitamin D. However it happens, I encourage everyone to check your skin for changes very frequently. See a dermatologist once a year. You may have a great primary doctor, but (s)he is not an expert in all areas, let alone expert on skin. I cannot stress this fact enough. Have any suspicious spots on your skin inspected by a dermatologist. At least you can be nude around others who are clothed.
An opinion shared by many does not make it true.