A 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!’
I had a recent experience dealing with the healthcare industry when my mother became ill. She went in with a condition that for those of us younger would take some antibiotics and be done, but when you’re elderly a simple illness can be fatal. It was interesting that when my wife heard her symptoms she made a diagnosis and the EMTs did the same. They ended up being correct as confirmed by the tests or so I thought.
I know that the title gives the impression that the view is from a couch potato, but that is not the view. I spent the last week confined to the house getting over the flu. My doctor believed that it was H1N1, but did not bother to run any blood work since the results would not be available until after I was cured or dead. That is not a quote, but the reality. I’ll have to admit that it was the worst flu that I have experienced, but the deaths that I have read about all seemed to be caused by the secondary issues. My condition settled into my chest and that is what my doctor treated.