Thursday Special ~ Doctor, Doctor

A young doctor had moved out to a small community to replace a doctor who was retiring. The older gent suggested the young one accompany him on his rounds so the community could become used to the new doctor.

At the first house a woman complained, “I’ve been a little sick to my stomach.” The older doctor said, “Well, you’ve probably been overdoing the fresh fruit. Why not cut back on the amount you’ve been eating and see if that does the trick?”

As they left the younger man said, “You didn’t even examine that woman. How’d you come to your diagnosis so quickly?”

“I didn’t have to. You noticed I dropped my stethoscope on the floor in there? When I bent over to pick it up, I noticed a half dozen banana peels in the trash. That was what was probably making her sick.”

“Huh,” the younger doctor said, “pretty sneaky. I think I’ll try that at the next house.”

Arriving at the next house, they spent several minutes talking with another woman. She complained that she just didn’t have the energy she once did, “I’m feeling terribly run down lately.”

You’ve probably been doing too much work for the church,” the younger doctor told her. “Perhaps you should cut back a bit and see if that helps.”

As they left, the elder doc said, “Your diagnosis is almost certainly correct, but how did you arrive at it?”

“Well, just like you at the last house, I dropped my stethoscope. When I bent down to retrieve it, I noticed the preacher under the bed.”

Thanks,Ramana. I hope shenanigans like that do not happen when the Dr visits your house!

18 thoughts on “Thursday Special ~ Doctor, Doctor

  1. Cathy

    You have to be at death’s door for the GP to come to yours here -very sad. There is a mobile overnight locum service if you are too sick to go to A & E……. it’s more comfortable to wait for them in your home than wait for a doctor to see you at the hospital…… unfortunately it’s not a free service like the Hosp.

    1. Grannymar

      We have an out of hours service that we can phone. Information is taken and a doctor phones back. Following a discussion, you are either invited to go along to a local hospital clinic or if that is not possible, then a doctor will come to see you at home. It can be a long slow process at times.

  2. Alice

    It takes a special kind of humor/humour to get doctors and preachers and patients waiting for an early bus all into one story. Oddly enough, I seem to have none today. 🙁 Perhaps I need more fruit in my diet.


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