July 31, 2003

Ignorance is bliss

So I was having lunch with a friend of mine, and the topic was his young son. Now, I understand that most new parents constantly worry about their children's health, but apparently it's much, much worse if your wife is a doctor.

Me: So how's the kid?
Friend: He's been having a digestive problem and we've got to take him to a specialist.
Me: That's too bad, but stuff like this happens all the time, I'm sure he'll be fine.
Friend: That's what I thought, but the wife is worried and that gets me worried. After all, she's a doctor, right? Plus, she tells me about all of the possible complications that can develop. Trust me, this is not stuff you want to risk.
Me: Yeah? Have you tried telling him to "walk it off"? You know, it's never too early to start toughening them up.

Clearly I don't have children.

Since we're on the topic, let me share with you...
The Top 10 Signs You've Got The Wrong Doctor

10. Considers use of antibiotics an "experimental procedure"
9. Tight budget prevents acquisition of separate rectal thermometers.
8. Tongue depressors taste faintly of Fudgesicle.
7. Uses recycled bandages.
6. You can get your flu shot as soon as "the" hypodermic needle is dry.
5. Listens to your heart through a paper towel tube.
4. Only proctologist he recommends is "Gus" from Roto-Rooter.
3. Performs only "group" gynecological exams.
2. To avoid a time consuming and expensive throat culture, he just French kisses you.
1. Has preprinted prescription pads that say "Walk it off, you sissy."

(Bastardized from the Top 30 Signs You've Joined a Cheap HMO) [15:03]  [ ]