* The names have been changed to protect the innocent, but that only works if you haven't personally been to this particular clinic. If you HAVE been to this clinic, you know EXACTLY who I'm typing about.
"Which physiotherapist would you prefer? Justin is available..."
"NO! NOT JUSTIN!!! ... Uh, I mean... how about Walter or Jamie...?"
"Sure we can set you up with Jamie..."
And it's not that Walter or Jamie aren't attractive young men in their own right. Fit, muscular, nice guys - the pair of them. It's just that Justin, the owner of the sports medicine clinic and head physiotherapist, is drop dead gorgeous. Like movie star gorgeous. Seriously.
People palpitate when in close proximity to his beauty. I can't have a guy that good looking, who I'm NOT married to, manipulating my shoulder and massaging into my arm pit for my torn rotator cuff. One well-timed twitch on my part and the guy's got his hand on my breast. And then after he's accidentally been touching my br.easts.. See? Do you SEE how it could quickly escalate?!?
I've been told there are other women who bring their husbands with them as chaperones if they have appointments with Justin. Seriously. He's that good looking. Tall, dark and handsome. I'd be spending all the time when he was ultrasounding my injury having lewd and lascivious thoughts.
There are few real life guys who will make a gal's heart stutter with nothing other than an introduction. Sure, after you've gotten to know someone, they might become drop-dead gorgeous to you, but that instantaneous response? It's only happened a handful of times in my life. In university, a guy from the French side of the Theatre Dept had pheromones that nearly drove me out of my mind; Cosmo the clown, from California, whom I met when I did a Fringe tour in Saskatoon with my Shakespeare company in the mid 90s, who was diabolically piratical; meeting my husband in the loading dock of the theatre where we eventually married and... Justin the physiotherapist...
I become stuttery around Justin. I purposely schedule my visits with other physiotherapists on days when I won't have to see Justin on account of my urge to giggle girlishly when he is peripherally within my vision. One time, I had to switch from a Tuesday to a Wednesday and I forgot that Justin would be there. He walked past me and my mouth literally turned dry - the complete opposite of what my other body parts were doing. He says hello to me and I can't respond verbally. I lower my eyelashes like some twitty Southern Belle and offer a nervous smile. He probably thinks I'm mute. I'm waiting for him to start up a conversation in ASL with me. I had to get up, go in to the bathroom and slap myself across the face to get it together. "No more Wednesdays! No more Wednesdays!" Glaring at my torn rotator cuff, "Mend, damn you! MEND!!!"