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Isaiah 51:7 Do not fear the reproach of others, and do not be dismayed when they revile you.
The doctor barely looked up from his papers as he barked the command. Startled, I took off my hat. My glasses, which had been perched atop, flew to the floor. Sheepishly, I picked them up, and sat down.
Pull your chair closer! Name? Date of birth? When was your last prostate exam? Any meds?
And so it went. The doctor barely listened to my responses as he scribbled. Get these tests, blood, urine, chest x-ray! Next!
Now it was Barbara’s turn. He was gentler, but not much. We were there to get an atestado médico, a doctor’s certification to join a gym, as required by federal law. But I was so thoroughly humiliated and offended by the doctor’s manner, and finally so angry, I refused to schedule the tests. Instead, I demanded our money back, and after arguing with the office staff, miraculously succeeded.
A month later, a different doctor, a different gym. “I hope I can still work out at your age,” he said, handing me the atestado.
“By the way, I like your hat.”