Framing the Dialogue

How Long Do I Have?

old-man-doctorA man recently picked a new primary care doctor. After two visits and exhaustive Lab tests, the doctor said that the man was doing ‘fairly well’ for his age (he had just turned 65). A little concerned about that comment, he couldn’t resist asking the doctor, ‘Do you think I’ll live to be 80?’

The doctor asked back, ‘Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer, wine or hard liquor?’ to which the man replied ‘Oh no. I’m not doing drugs, either!’

Then he his asked his patient, ‘Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?’ And got the reply ”Not much… my former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!’

‘Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, boating, sailing, hiking, or bicycling?’

‘No, I don’t.’

‘Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lots of sex?’


He looked at me and said,.’Then, why do you even give a shit?’


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