As I mentioned yesterday, I went to Redi-Care on Saturday morning in hopes they could cure my really congested self by Saturday night so that I wouldn’t miss my class reunion.
Well, besides slightly unrealistic expectations for an instant cure, there apparently was a bigger flaw in my thinking that I could walk in a door and see a doctor I had never seen before, and get excellent medical care.
A classmate and friend in Indy who is a nurse and her husband is a doctor, e-mailed me this morning and said they were both appalled when I said that the doctor had told me I had a virus so he was prescribing a z-pack of antibiotics. She said a virus isn’t treated with antibiotics!
I should’a known. Here’s what I wrote back to her:
You know, you should be verrrry careful when the doctor at Redi-Care, as soon as he walks into the room reminds you of someone from your childhood, and you later realize he was a dead ringer (I suppose that’s unfortunate terminology to use for a doc) for Andy whatshisname who played Jingles, the side-kick to Wild Bill Hickock on TV. He really did look exactly like what I remembered the actor looking like. But, he also SOUNDED like him! Remember? He had a soft raspy voice and kind of a self-conscious little giggle? Exactly the same.
So, you’re telling me that when “Jingles” prescribed a z-pack for a virus, I should have run screaming from the room?
Hmmm. I can never remember which it is — flu or virus — that they prescribe z-packs for, so I just ASSUMED he knew what he was doing. But now I remember why I go to my family doctor if at all possible, instead of Redi-Care!
Wild Bill and his faithful side-kick, Jingles (Guy Madison and Andy Devine)
I will never forget this 50’s TV show, I loved it. Guy Madison was my first ever movie star crush and even now, at over 60 years old, I can still see why I had that crush. There’s just no getting around it — the man was a “looker”!
Dr. “Jingles” was nice, but I’ll be going back to my very competent, very young family doctor from now on.
However, I do have to admit that if the doc at Redi-Care had looked like Wild Bill, I’d be going back every week, no matter what he prescribed!