no longer do I need to wait or worry that I will be gagging by the end of the minute to take my temperature. I have always had trouble with temperature taking until this new technology came along. no longer to I need to worry that I will be getting an acurate reading either. I know there are even "better" ideas about how to take ones temperature now with the thermometers that just scan ones forehead and although unique in their own ways I judt don't feel like I am getting an acurate temperature by not having it in my mouth - maybe that is wrong - but I have been conditioned through the years by my doctors that you take your temperature in your mouth. Geez, when I was a child my mother used to do it under my arm - I bet that was really inaccurate. These kinds of digital thermometers work well for me personally and my animals too. By the time the dog is ready to squirm away - beep beep we have temperature. Don't worry we have 1 for the dog first aid kit and 1 for us humans. But really it is very helpful to have this kind of technology out there for over the counter purchase.