April 13, 2020
For today's dose of laughter, a patient completely changed his doctor's perspective on aging and the responsibilities that might come with it, whether it's wanted or not.
80-year-old Alessandro is sitting in his doctor's office after completing a full physical for his annual check-up. Initially not sure why the good doctor asked him to stay for a few minutes, it soon became apparent when he asked the elderly Italian man:
"I reviewed the results as they came in, your EKG looked good, blood panels are normal. You are in great physical shape as well. How do you do it at 80?"
Alessandro shrugged with a smile and said, "I'm Italian, and I'm a golfer." The look of confusion on the doctor's face then prompted the 80-year-old to explain that he got up before daybreak in the mornings to get to the fairways first thing.
Walking up and down the golf course and a glass of vino here and there is all Alessandro needs to stay in shape, but his doctor is not convinced. "While I'm sure it helps, there has to be more to it than that," the doctor said. "At what age did your father pass away."
Slightly taken aback, Alessandro replied, "Who said my father is dead?" Stunned at the thought that an 80-year-old man's father would still be alive, the doctor asked his age. "He's 100 years old," Alessandro said much to the doctor's amazement.
"We actually golfed together this morning and then headed to the bowling alley," Alessandro elaborated. "He's Italian and also a golfer, that's why he is still alive."
Years of experience in the medical field had taught the doctor otherwise. Remaining skeptical, the doctor pressed on.
"It sure is great that you still have your father with you, but there has to be more to your longevity than that. How about your grandfather? At what age did he pass?" the doctor inquired.
Again Alessandro left the doctor surprised as he told him that his grandfather is as healthy as a horse at 118. Not impressed by the direction of the conversation, the doctor quipped sarcastically:
"Well, I suppose he's still alive because he walks around on a golf course drinking wine with you and your father?"
Shaking his head, Alessandro replied that his grandfather couldn't go golfing that morning because he got married, and it's his wedding day.
"Why on earth would anyone want to get married at the age of 118?" the doctor asked, amazed. "Who said he wanted to?" Alessandro replied matter-of-factly.
In a related joke of the day, a DEA officer received a lesson in humility when he stopped at the ranch of an old rancher.
Intent on fulfilling his duties without gathering relevant information, soon had the officer run like the wind to safety.
March 08, 2020