You all know one. Or at least you know of one. The proverbial wise a** who just has to joke about everything medical. That’s me. I confess. My poor wife will not even go to a doctor appointment with me because she is embarrassed by my tired, recycled “jokes”, as is the entire medical staff. If I’m going to see a doctor, a metamorphosis happens and I immediately turn into that most dreaded of all patients, “Standupcomicman!” I suppose I should be in counseling but no psychiatrist will see me since that time I went to one and brought a duck on the end of a leash. He asked me what my problem was and I said: “Oh, it’s not me, Doc, it’s my wife here, she thinks she’s a duck.” (rim shot)
Let me give you an example. This morning I went to my pain management doctor to get a cortisone shot for my chronic back pain. Since it had been over a year since my last visit, I had to fill out the tedious medical info form again. I hate that thing. Are they not just asking for it? Here are some of the answers I provided.
Their question: Do you drink alcohol in excess?
My answer: Only before I come here.
Their question: Do you smoke?
My answer: Only after sex. In other words, no.
Their question: Are you pregnant or think you could be?
My answer: Possibly. I was abducted by aliens last week.
Their question: Are you addicted to any drugs?
My answer: Why, what are you offering?
Their question: How would you rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being no pain and 10 being excruciating.
My answer: My back, 5. Filling out this form, 10.
My reputation has gotten so bad in the medical community that they have added comments to my patient info form for the medical folks to preempt me with. Here are some examples: (Note: in the interest of time and space I have omitted the words “you idiot” that customarily follow each of these comments.)
“No, Al, you will not be able to play the piano after this procedure, because you couldn’t play before!”
“Al, if it hurts when you do that, then don’t do that!”
“No, Al, I am not going to buy you dinner and a movie before the prostate exam.”
When one doctor told me he was thinking of getting out of the medical profession I asked him if it was because of the stress, the high cost of malpractice insurance, or the government interference. He said none of those, it was because of patients like me. (rim shot)
Anyway, I would be remiss if I didn’t close this post with one of my all-time favorite doctor jokes. Here goes:
A doctor calls a patient on the phone. The man answers.
The Doctor: “Joe, glad I reached you, I have the results of some tests we ran and I’ve got good news and bad news.”
Joe: “Give me the good news first.”
Doctor: “They show you only have a half a year to live.”
Joe: “Half a year! That’s terrible! And that’s the good news? What could possibly be the bad news?”
Doctor: “I’ve been trying to get a hold of you for the past six months.” (rim shot)
Sorry, I just can’t like this!
PS you have some pretty funky clip art on that programme!!
It hurts when you say that.
Lol, the not ‘liking’ or the funky clip art?
Yep, I know the scenario/s… done some of those myself… probably cos my dad was a doctor. They don’t like it, do they… Except there are some that can dish it out but can’t take it… 😉
Talking of fun and medicine, if you’ve never seen this blog, you’re in for a treat. Dr Grumpy in the House. Give it a read… I am addicted to it!
Yes, I’m sure your dad brought home some interesting war stories about the likes of me.
And thanks for the tip on grumpy doc, it’s now in my favorites list. Very funny stuff!
This was so funny. You nailed it!
I report. You laugh.
Mike read this and laughed out loud all the way through.
I thought it might appeal to his dry sense of humor. Glad he came on board.
You gave me a good belly laugh…my tinnitus is almost gone!
Would you like to schedule another appointment? I assume your insurance information hasn’t changed.
Triple SCORE! Al, you can come to the doctor’s office with me anytime.
The pictures you find and your captions are FANTASTIC. You had me laughing (and you don’t know how much that took today). Thanks for being wise-a** you! 🙂 🙂
You’re welcome. You know what they say, a laugh a day keeps the doctor away. However, before I can go to the doctor’s office with you, I will need you to fill out this simple form………..
Jeez, Al, seems you should carry around your own personal drummer so you can get a rim-shot whenever needed (ie often).
I’m with you on those damn forms – I always say “nothing has changed. Nothing!” but the receptionist just gives that impersonal, I’m-busy-and-you’re-taking-up-my-time smile and says “we still need it completed.” Fume…
Yes, good idea. Then people could say, “There goes Big Al, he marches with his own drummer.”
I avoid doctors like the plague! They always tell me that there is something wrong.
I loved your post, typical BigAl I should think,… bless you!
Thanks, misswhiplash, Just one word of advice, don’t avoid doctors during a plague.
And bless you too.
I love it! I love jokes and I always want to answer in smart @$$ form, but I don’t have the guts to. I don’t *know* you well enough to know if you really answered that way or not, but if you did good for you!!
OK, I actually did answer the “pregnancy” exactly that way. The nurse just smiled and rolled her eyes.
Your funniest yet! Thnaks for the laugh 🙂
You’re wlecome. (There’s those grammar police again!)
Groan. I read this because I could tell you put a lot of work into it. Also, I hate filling out forms. When I am dying they will ask me to fill out a form and turn off my cell phone. Dianne
I’m afraid you’re right. We’ll be asked to fill out our own death certificate next. I can see it now: “cause of death – filling out forms.”
You akways get me chuckling, unless your being serious of course. I’m a bit the same with doctors myself which may not surprise you
Yeah, Peter, I think it falls under the category of gallows humor.