Doctoring the 60 Blog

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Hubert Humphrey:  My favorite sandwich is peanut butter, baloney, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toasted bread with catsup on the side.

Conundrum:  Do I try and schedule all of my doctors’ appointments on one day and take the day off from work?  Or do I schedule appointments on different days and stress about either getting to work late or leaving work early?

I think it’s just easier for me to take the whole day off.  So I’ve just made appointments for the Friday before the Memorial Day holiday and I’ll now have a four-day weekend. Who doesn’t want that….even if I have to be at my first appointment at 9:15 on that Friday morning?

Right now, I can’t think of too many things more stressful than going to the doctor.  My blood pressure usually has to be taken twice in order to get the best reading, since I suffer from “white coat syndrome.”  Who doesn’t?  And then a dental cleaning.  But after that?  A clear Friday afternoon!  Of course, that’s 20+ days from now.

Do you stress when you go to the doctor?  Do you put off appointments because you don’t want to hear anything negative? What if the doctor has only good news for you? Your doctor might say “Congratulations!  Your bad cholesterol is so low….enjoy some more cheese!”

Speaking of cheese, what would you put on your ultimate sandwich?  Picture that in your mind.  First, pick the bread. Caraway or sesame seeds?  Plain bread?  Whole grain?  Roll or bagel?  Toasted or not toasted?  Then the filling.  Meat?  Mixed salad like tuna or egg salad?  Fresh meat like turkey?  Or processed meat like bologna?  Lots of other ingredients like lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, peppercinis?  And the ultimate question: ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, or a combination?

When we were kids, we enjoyed an occasional spoonful of peanut butter.  I still enjoy it. But we had some friends growing up who would eat a spoonful of mayonnaise.  Oh goodness, I’m just queasy thinking about it.  We were a non-mayo household, and I think it’s gross–except for one purpose.  I use mayo only to mash into a can of tuna fish, and a jar could last far past its expiration date in my refrigerator.

See?  A sandwich can sometimes be a complicated choice.  Maybe it’s just easier to go through the Taco Bell drive-thru.  A few tacos and a coke.  How bad could that be?

And with all due respect, Mr. Humphrey (see above), we could never be friends.




2 thoughts on “Doctoring the 60 Blog

  1. Now this caused me to think. As many of my doctor’s appointments were in Riverside which is approximately a 40 mile drive, I had a tendency to try and make my appointments for the same day, so I wouldn’t have to drive out there too many times. I was lucky in that I could pretty much schedule myself. Coming from such a distance away they would kind of “cater” to me. And I also suffer from White Coat Syndrome. The doctor walks in, listens to you, studies you and poof! A new disease!

    Years ago I read books by an author named Lawrence Sanders. His continuing character was Edward X. Delaney, a cop, and he made the most delicious sandwiches. Pages would be written about him making these culinary delights. So…one time after reading I went to the market and bought all the ingredients, followed it to the letter, and voila! One of the BEST sandwiches we’d ever had. I cannot remember which particular book or sandwich I made. But my favorite? Cucumber sandwich on white (yes, not good for you white) bread. Just cucumbers, mayonnaise (NOT Miracle Whip), salt and pepper. Heaven on earth.

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