Fear/adrenaline surging/mind games

Adrenaline, the ‘Fight or Flight’ hormone, can be a powerful tool in the hands of an experienced medical practitioner such as Miss Miranda. As the multiple straps tighten around your wrists, arms, legs, chest, and even your head, on her medical bench it’s likely you’ll feel the first tendrils of fear at the realisation that you now have no way of stopping whatever treatment Nurse Despair may have selected for you that day.

Your total rubber encasement, or the vulnerability you feel dressed only in a flimsy, open patients’ gown, may be increased all the more as you are instructed to place your feet in the gynaecological stirrups and your Mistress slowly fixes your legs wide apart and seats herself so as to give full and unrestricted access to your most sensitive and delicate areas. To increase the adrenaline flow even further it may be necessary for your nurse to allow you to watch her lubricating her own rubber-gloved hands and to show you some of the intrusive metal instruments she may soon be using in your treatment. Your nurse is an expert at describing in great detail the use of instruments such as ‘sounds’ to insert into your penile shaft, speculums, proctoscopes to illuminate the depths of your rectum and the Hanwell clinic’s vast range of electrical stimulation equipment. It is also a good moment within your treatment plan for Nurse Despair to explore with you the detail of any intense phobias or fears you may have revealed to the medical staff. Claustrophobia, for example, may be best treated by increasing the restrictions across your body in controlled conditions, monitoring the fear this induces and adjusting as required. Equally a phobia of suffocation may be explored by the judicious application of one of Hanwell’s wide range of breathing and re-breathing masks to test out your reactions. You will soon learn to relax into your nurse’s experienced hands and accept that, however scary it may be, the clinic staff always know what is best for you to enjoy – or endure.