Found me a really cool Doctor......


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Drizzt
February 15, 2005, 11:54 PM
Well, for the past week or so, I've been suffering from some sort of viral infection. Acts like a cross between Strep and a sinus infection (you can imagine how much fun I'm having), but is not either one. Went to see my regular doc last week, and he wanted to let it run it's course a few more days. Went back in today, because nothing was getting better, but had to see another doc there, as mine was booked solid.

The first clue I got about what kind of guy this was, was when he compared virus infections to hurricanes. Said that you really can't do much about the virus, but they leave you open to other ailments that can then be treated. Said it was kinda like looters coming in after a hurricane had passed. "I can't shoot the hurricane, but I can damn sure shoot the looters." I'm starting to really like this guy.

As we were finishing up, I figured I'd test the waters a bit. I noted that my timing seems to be really bad, as I was supposed to go shooting with a bunch of folks from Protest Warrior in December, but broke my arm, and now I've been anticipating the Austin THR shoot this Friday, and it's not looking like I will be mobile. Turns out this doc is an avid shooter. Mainly Glocks, but also loves the Desert Eagle 357.

Dang, easy going manner, really helpful, likes guns and doesn't mind the fact that I smoke cigars. I think I've got a new primary doctor.

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waynesan
February 16, 2005, 12:34 AM
Last year I had to take my dad to a doctor to examine a skin cancer. We sat down in the waiting room and as I looked around at the magazines for something to read I was amazed that instead of the usual selection that you would expect to find in a doctor's office, there were mostly "Guns and Ammo", handgun and rifle magazines, along with NRA magazines. I wanted to ask the doctor about this when he called for my dad to come to the exam room to be checked but I didn't. The next month on a return visit I made a point to wear one of my NRA shirts. While examining my dad he happened to look up at me and noticed my shirt and asked me if I was in the NRA. I said yes and he began to tell me about all his shooting hobbies. It turned out he is a member of the same gun club to which I belong. Very refreshing experience to say the least.

Preacherman
February 16, 2005, 08:44 AM
You should live in north central Louisiana... most of the doctors, dentists, psychiatrists, etc. that I know are really into hunting, shooting, fishing, etc. I had to laugh out loud when I went to a psychiatrist's office with a person I was counselling (I'd referred her for some professional help, as I do only the pastoral side). For a guy who treats potentially suicidal patients, you'd think that having over half the magazines in his waiting room dealing with guns, knives and sundry items of mayhem might be counter-productive...

:D

XLMiguel
February 16, 2005, 09:11 AM
Our GP is a shooter, head nurse is into sporting clays, and this is in gentile McLean, VA, Fairfax County (a very 'blue' county) :D

Sinus infections are fun (not!). They usually start as a viral URI, but once you get congested and blocked up, opportunistic nasty bacterial stuff starts to 'cook' in an anerobic environment (your blocked sinuses). You can't do much about them for the first week or so.

iamkris
February 16, 2005, 09:19 AM
I hate living in Illinois. The doctors here treat interest in firearms as an affliction similar to a tumor or pedophilia.

Chut1st
February 16, 2005, 10:53 AM
Lots of pro-gun doctors here in TN. Our local Friends of the NRA dinners are packed with them. One of my shooting buddies is a neurosurgeon and a pretty fair shotgunner. Guess it has a lot to do with the general gun attitude in a given area.

Guy B. Meredith
February 16, 2005, 11:05 AM
Yeeesshhhh. Around here all the doctors' lounges offer is outdated copies of ladies' fashion magazines and health product promos. :banghead:

R.H. Lee
February 16, 2005, 11:07 AM
Sounds like my dentist. His waiting room is full of gun rags-Guns and Ammo, American Rifleman, etc. He likes to go to hunting in Alaska every year.

mack69
February 16, 2005, 11:50 AM
The ENT (Ear, nose, throat) doc we have is a bigtime shooter (trap, clays, hunting etc) Hunting and firearm mags aboun in the office as do lots of pics, placques(sp?) and trophys. Very cool old school doc.....mack

J Miller
February 16, 2005, 01:23 PM
One of the dentists I've gone to here in Springfield is an avid hunter and shooter.

However the Drs are on a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" status. If they "Don't ask" me about guns and shooting, I "Don't Tell" them it's none of their business.

Joe

Phil Ca
February 16, 2005, 01:32 PM
Have any of you ever carried a CCW pistol when visiting the doctor? Some months ago I needed to see a doctor and it was after 12 PM. I got an appointment for 1 AM. since it was that late I carried and now one new i had it anyway. If I would have been hospitalized I would have had to stash it in my car before I signed in.

I did have a female doctor that was from Australia tell me how evil guns were once. I told her since I carried a gun on duty at work that she was entitled to her opinion but I did not believe that stuff.

Fly320s
February 16, 2005, 01:52 PM
Have any of you ever carried a CCW pistol when visiting the doctor?
I have and do.

Although, not too long ago, I had to switch doctors. When I went in for my physical, I had to put on one of those medical gowns. While I was undressing I was wondering how I would stash my gun. I decided to fold it up in my clothes to keep it out of sight.

As soon as I finished changing, a nurse came into my exam room and lead me down the hall for all of the normal tests: BP, height, weight, vision, urine, etc. I didn't like having to leave my gun in the exam room; it just felt 'wrong' to me. I switched doctors right after that. That issue wasn't the only reason, but it helped me decide to switch.

The doctor I use now has me do all of the tests before ever going into the exam room to disrobe. Now I can keep an eye on the gun the whole time.

WR Olsen
February 16, 2005, 02:11 PM
Preacherman wrote: I went to a psychiatrist's office with a person I was counselling (I'd referred her for some professional help, as I do only the pastoral side). For a guy who treats potentially suicidal patients, you'd think that having over half the magazines in his waiting room dealing with guns, knives and sundry items of mayhem might be counter-productive...

Maybe the psychiatrist has found that most of his patients have no self distructive thoughts and that those that do are usually so self absorbed that magazines of "items of mayhem" are outside their frame of reference.

That might make an interesting study,

pete f
February 16, 2005, 02:26 PM
My Doc was referred to me by my coolege roommate, he is his brotherinlaw, my roommate would not be my Dr. Said it would be easier if there was separation. So i go to see my new Doc to be and he asks me are you the Pete who dropped his father in laws shotgun in the lake?? yup. He said then Ray needed a new shotgun anyway, I just made the decision easier.

He carries in the office and so do I.

Our Pediatricians went on a tangent a few years ago asking us if we had guns in the house. I was upset by the question, but my daughter beat me to the punch and quoted chapter and verse about the good things of guns in a house and hunting and told the Doc who asked why ask the question.
Doc responded that AMA was telling them to tell people guns were not a good mix for families with kids in the house. My daughter ( who was in highschool debate) told the Doc "then they are ignorant of the issues involved,"
I was very proud, a few weeks later had to bring my son in and we met a different doc from the same clinic and they asked all the same question but for the gun question. I asked the Doc and he said too many people and had said f-off. and they did not need people feeling that way about them.

Vitamin G
February 16, 2005, 02:30 PM
Little off topic...

I'm a drug and alcohol counselor and sometimes have to do suicide assessments... One of the number one rules is not to be afraid to ask difficult questions like "Do you feel like you're going to hurt yourself, or kill yourself?"
Newer, inexperienced people are afraid you're going to give them ideas.
Experienced counselors know that people aren't dumb.

For awhile I kept a Tupac (I hate that guy) book on my desk, JUST for the purpose of getting people to start talking about their drug usage...

cobb
February 16, 2005, 09:11 PM
A couple of years ago I had to make a dentist appointment at the dental clinic our family goes to, and was asked if Dr. So&So was O.K., a new female dentist with the clinic. No problem, so the appointment was made. At the appointment, usual small talk, and somehow it turned to hunting. She was from a little farther north in the state of Minnesota and started talking about her father and his opinion of tree huggers. I don't really remember how we got there, but the dental assistant seemed very unimpressed. This had to be one one of the most enjoyable dental appointments I ever had. To top it off, the discussion also touched on a local conservation club that has a range, which I am handle the memberships for. So in the end, she ended up getting a memebership for both her and her fiance.

This may seem normal for some that are not from Minnesota, but look at the political map and see how we vote.

BlackCat
February 17, 2005, 12:40 AM
This may seem normal for some that are not from Minnesota, but look at the political map and see how we vote.

What if it seems very normal for someone who is from MN? Even after I "looked at the map to see how we vote." Wait, I already know how I vote, seems consistent with the majority of the population. Actually, I don't personally know anyone who is anti-gun. "Blue state" that.

BluesBear
February 17, 2005, 05:38 AM
SIZE=1]Phil Ca said;[/SIZE] I did have a female doctor that was from Australia tell me how evil guns were once. Just tell her than a Dingo will never eat your baby!

Or

Tell her she's a right sharp Sheila and you'd thought about letting her have a go but her anti-gun comments have put you right off.
:evil:

Valkman
February 17, 2005, 05:44 AM
I always carry into the doc's office, and had no idea what her reaction would be when she finally saw it. Well last time the wife and I were both in there and she wanted my cover shirt off so she could listen to my chest. As I took it off the wife said "Don't mind the gun" and she said "Oh that doesn't bother me". Cool. She's probably about 35 and I thought she might be more liberal but she's a good one. :)

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