I am not one who can handle a lot of physical stimulation. I didn’t want to be touched. Movement and sound scare me. However, in a vulnerable state I have had to allow things to happen even if I didn’t think I could handle it.
Since being at the hospital I’ve allowed people who resemble my abusers to give intimate care. I’ve allowed African American men and women to remove the gown, adjust my legs as needed then wipe my intimate parts in front and back. I have had full bed baths and depends changed or had procedures that required mostly nudity. I had to allow it.
From where I’m laying, I generally can’t see the entire person, and I can’t get up. I am vulnerable and require their clean intentions. Not a single inappropriate comment has taken place. They have been respectful and put me at ease.
At one point a Doctor was asked to wait 2 min while the Techs finished my gown because credentials don’t buy rights to my dignity either. I appreciated him waiting.
I was terrified at first. Someone had their hands between my legs, spread them, and I had to allow it. I was angry. I didn’t sleep a lot. But as the positive, safe experiences continued, confidence grew, with unexpected healing as a result.