Babies are not asked if they want to be undressed - they are expected to submit when people start pulling off their clothing. I cannot believe doctors have been undressing me like a baby since I had a stroke 12 years ago. I recently saw a doctor who reached down and undid the top strap of my leg brace so he could look at my lower leg. To hide my anger, I told him I have taken off my brace and shoe 10,000 times and can do it faster than he can. Yelling at a surgeon who is going to cut me open to repair a torn meniscus in my knee is not wise.
Here is the script I will try the next time a doctor starts undressing me. "If you were a gynecologist you would not undress a female patient. But I understand your dilemma. I specialized in stroke rehab and cannot tell what stroke survivors can do while they are sitting. I would ask "Do you need help with.........." (Dean, Mark - have doctors tried to undress since you had a stroke?)
If the doctor asks me if I need help I will say "I can do it but thank you for offering."