With my long list of challenging health issues, I have met my share of doctors over the years. As we all know, doctors come in all shapes and sizes, with varying personalities, traits and…names.
Fortunately, I have had good luck with my doctors and have developed good relationships with most of them (particularly with my Dr. L – she’s amazing, wink, wink – hi Sue!!) There have been a few that I would have preferred never to have met or that I wish I had poked in the eye with a cervical dilating tool when I had the chance, but most have been professional and pleasant.
What really peaks my curiosity when meeting doctors is, their names. My question is, did they go into a specific specialty because of their last name or did they happen upon a specialty that also suits their name?
Take our very own local Oral Surgeon, Dr. Garlick. Really? As a little boy cursed with such a last name, did he dream of one day working with people’s mouths? Did he set out to become the best oral surgeon around because of his name?
Dr. Blei-man, please could you explain to us when and why you decided to become an Eye Physician? We just want to see, how this all came to be.
When visiting a Urologist, what are we looking for in this type of doctor? Someone with a top-notch reputation and experience? Someone who can treat conditions such as urinary tract infections, incontinence, kidney stones, sexual dysfunction (male and female)…external genitalia issues? Someone, whose name is…. Dr. Kick? For real?? Mind you, he is a very nice man (and I did not have any genitalia issues...) but, seriously?
I don’t have a pet, well except for our Beta fish, Ron. We used to have guinea pigs when the kids were little but they have long passed (the guinea pigs, not the kids). But if I did have a pet, where would I take it to when sick? To our very own, Dr. Katz – of course! He had to have decided to become a Vet at the age of 2 when he could say his name. This one is a no brainer!
How about asking to see an Allergist for a rash on your head only to learn that the doctor who you have been referred to is named, Dr. Malpica (bad itch, in Spanish). I am scratching my head as we speak (I mean, write), just wondering, how and why?
Most of us as we approach our 50’s, have a certain procedure we should have done that we all prefer to a-void. Lucky for me, I have already been probed twice in my 40’s and therefore, do not to have to add that to my to do list this coming September (although, I am due for a cleansing…hmmmm, maybe I will go to my local drug store and buy the liquid stuff anyway for ha, has).
Well, among the Gastroenterologists in the practice I go to, is one particular doctor named, Dr. Cooley. Culo, in Spanish and Italian is the word for buttocks. Did he not take a language as a youngster? Couldn’t he have gone into any other specialty?
What other peculiar doctor’s names have you come across?