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Is That Why They Call It A Practice?

by Sandy M. Humphrey

I sit in your waiting rooms
Pour over old magazines
Wait hours for appointments
With others sneezing and wheezing

Temprature, blood pressure, now
please step on this scale
"What brings you today?
Here's a cup, we'll take blood
write it down without fail."

"Oh so the last medicine
we gave caused an allergic reaction, so sad
Let's try this one, maybe it will work
Another co-pay hope you aren't feeling too bad"

The cycle is endless and still
no diagnosis can cure
What the medical proffession dishes
out that the patient's endure

Poked and prodded
stuck and charged and sent on my way
Still feeling ill no matter what
Good Dr. Feel Good has had to say

Perhaps that is why they call medicine
a practice after all
And as a patient I am just the
latest lab rat come to call

I will take out an add for a voodoo
witch dr who will cast a magic spell
Concoct a special potion to reverse
modern medicine and make me well


Author's Note: Too many Dr.s, medicine and strange reactions have me thinking there has got to be a better way.....:)

Posted on 05/15/2006
Copyright © 2020 Sandy M. Humphrey

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Joe Cramer on 05/15/06 at 04:26 PM

Well done... and welcome!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 05/15/06 at 04:29 PM

Touch wood! Thankfully, I haven't reached that point yet, but it seems my parents who are well into their senior years are at the doctors' for one reason or another every other week. I must print this out for my mother especially, as she was complaining the other day about the necesssity and frequency of visits. She'll think you wrote this especially for her. Cheers!

Posted by Michael Faraday on 05/15/06 at 08:20 PM

Nice seeing you back here smh... :)

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 05/15/06 at 09:01 PM

As someone who suffers from a chronic uncurable condition, I always laugh at the phrase "practicing" medicine. This piece is right on the money....unfortunately!

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 05/19/06 at 04:09 AM

Why do we have to pay for a doctors practice? You nailed what happens with the visits to the doctor. I have been trying to get my doctor to give me a medicine that doesn't make me feel worse to no avail...Charlie

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/10/06 at 02:37 PM

I'm so glad I found your library! This one is dead-on, clever, amusing, and a fun read.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 02/24/10 at 11:56 PM

It IS spooky sometimes. I have a good friend who almost died in the ambulance two weeks ago. He is hoping that the doctor's suspicion that it is a hazelnut allergy is correct. To all of us, God speed the prokers and the prokees. Thanks Sandy.

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