It’s Time to See the Doctor

TMI Warning is in Effect!

Well, I just got back from my best physical ever. As usual, my doctor seemed younger than my daughters. I got told to lose some weight (what else is new?) and exercise more (same). They took my weight (comfortable), blood pressure (slightly less comfortable), my blood (less comfortable still), and, being a male fast approaching fifty, a DRE (I don’t want to talk about it).

As the doctor is feeling around (prior to the DRE thank you very much), he casually informs me that I have a hernia. Crud, this makes my third one and they’re moving up my body. I have a nice groinal scar and a smiley face right underneath my belly button.

Enough of my visit to the doctor, let me recommend some other doctors to you (on Netflix):

Doctor WhoDoctor Who (2005-11) – Rated TV-PG

“After more than a decade off the air, the epic sci-fi series returns with an all-new look — and the ninth (and beyond) incarnation of everybody’s favorite time-traveling doctor, who promptly sets about fighting nefarious aliens and other foes.”

The modern incarnation of Doctor Who is one of the most upbeat, life-affirming shows I know. This is funny because Torchwood, a spinoff also available on Netflix, is a depressing take on similar subject matter. This Doctor is good for what ails you.

Doctor in the HouseDoctor in the House (1954) – Not rated

“Soon after medical student Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) arrives at St. Swithin’s Hospital to begin his training, he’s engulfed in a high-stakes world that includes sports cars, cocktails and women. With all these distractions, it’s difficult to keep his eye on his books — and that’s where strict chief surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt (James Robertson Justice) comes in. Ralph Thomas directs this farcical comedy, based on a novel by Richard Gordon.”

Silly hijinks ensue in medical school – warning: this British comedy from the 50s does feature some offensive ‘blackface’. This was followed by the (also available on Netflix) sequels, Doctor in the House and Doctor at Sea.

Doctor ZhivagoDoctor Zhivago (2002) – Not rated

“As political turmoil rumbles through Russia, Doctor Zhivago is trapped in a love triangle between his wife and his mistress. Meanwhile, the Bolshevik Revolution will change all their lives forever in this miniseries remake of the classic 1965 film.”

Anyway I trust your time with the Doctor, whichever you choose, will be more pleasant than mine.