Dr. “Jingles”


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!

Guy and Andy     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!

8 Responses to Dr. “Jingles”

  1. Margo says:

    Hi again. I’d better not start on my opinion of doctors who prescribe the wrong thing, so to spare anyone and everyone my tirade about that, I’ll share my 2 first celebrity crushes.
    I don’t remember who was first, but I thought Shaun Cassidy was fine – I know I know – but it was the 70’s, what can I say? But even better to look at was Leonard Whiting. If you just said “*Who?*” I understand. Sadly, no one remembers him. But go rent that version of Romeo and Juliet with Olivia Hussey as Juliet, and sigh with me over how good looking Romeo is. He is Leonard Whiting. 😉

  2. Sandra says:

    Margo — I sense you are NOT surprised that I was given an inappropriate medication.

    I remember Shaun Cassidy. I believe being his fan puts you in about the same age group as my children — right around forty.

    You are right, I did think “Who in the heck is that?” And, as much as I’d like to see him, I’m not sure I’m willing to watch Romeo and Juliet to see him. You are obviously much more high brow in your choice of movies, even when you were very young, than I am! But, I’ll take your word for it. I’ve swooned over some pretty obscure actors too. Ever heard of Victor Mature? I didn’t think so. 🙂

  3. C says:

    Yes, I know who Victor Mature is (was?). REmember “Demetrius and the Gladiator” or “Samson and Delilah?” Wasn’t that him?

  4. C says:

    Yes, I know who Victor Mature is (was?). REmember “Demetrius and the Gladiator” or “Samson and Delilah?” Wasn’t that him? And well I remember Jingles! C

  5. Sandra says:

    C — As much as I liked Guy Madison, Victor Mature was a longer “crush” for me. He was sooooo … MANLY! Of course, it did help that most of his movies were the gladiator and biblical ones so he was many times just wearing a loin cloth! Phew, is it getting hot in here? 🙂

  6. Linda says:

    This post made me remember one of my early crushes: Clint Walker. I went on his Web site today, just to look around. There was a “tribute” rifle offered on the site that I thought your dear Hubby would like. I told him about it. You don’t have to thank me.

  7. Mrs4444 says:

    Oh, gee, I hope you make it Saturday. I hope you have considered using a netipot–I promise it would help!

  8. Sandra says:

    Linda — That was soooo sweet of you to suggest ANOTHER gun to him that he will have to have for his collection! I’ll try to remember to thank you in person Saturday. 🙂

    I’ve always thought Clint Walker was a finnnne looking man too — and that voice!

    Mrs4444 — Hmmmm. I’ll have to think about it. I have to tell you they gross me out. But, I would certainly have liked something that would have made me feel better before I went to the reunion. I had a great time anyway, but it would have been so much better if I had felt 100%.

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