He warns me it might be a little cold, and presses the stethoscope to my chest. I’d like to return the words of caution, but watch instead as he smiles while listening for irregularities and rhythm. He pulls away with an air of validation, as though to say: “That’s funny. It doesn’t sound broken.”
But, instead he just says something like, “well, it’s there,” and that’s all he’s asking for, right now.