Random Thoughts

Thoughts while shaving

by Jim Tierney

Maybe you’re too young to remember annual physical examinations of the past. You would take off all your clothes and freeze waiting for the doctor to come in. He would examine you from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.  He would use his stethoscope over many parts of your body, take your blood pressure, look under your hair on your head, ask you to open your mouth and say ahhh, check your teeth, your eyes, ask you to “cough” if you’re a man, hit you with a hammer on the knee to see if it would pop up, check between your toes, etc. All the while you’re listening to his “hmmnnn’s”, wondering what he’s thinking and what’s wrong, waiting for him to give you bad news. But most of the time you’re out of there with a clean bill of health in about hour. In today’s annual physical, the doctor asks you a couple of questions, takes your blood pressure, uses his stethoscope on your heart and chest, gives you a blood requisition, and you’re out of there in 10 minutes. Don’t you sometimes wonder why you don’t get a complete exam anymore and if they don’t do it anymore,  was it a complete waste of time? And don’t you miss seeing your knee pop up and thinking it tells you that you’re in tip top condition…  


July 1, 2016




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