Dr. Johnson walked into the examination room and sat at the desk. "Clyde, I have the results of your tests, although I do have a question. What type of foods do you eat?"
Clyde shifted in his seat. "The normal stuff: chicken, ribs, and pizza."
The doctor opened the file and glanced at it. "I am concerned about your cholesterol level, and you’re overweight. You need to change your eating habits as well as get some exercise."
Clyde smiled. "Oh doc, I’ll be alright, because I'm healthy as a horse."
Dr. Johnson face tightened. "You need to change your eating habits!"
Clyde hopped off of the examination
table. "I don’t need you to tell me how to live!" He walked out of the room and slammed the door.
An hour later Clyde was in his office, dictating a letter to his secretary. "This letter is to the Community State Bank."
Suddenly his eyes narrowed and his face turned red. "I…I'm having chest pains."
The secretary threw down her notepad on the desk. "Do you want me to call 911?"
Clyde put his hand on his chest. "Yes, and call Dr. Johnson."
He was rushed to the hospital and sent to the emergency room.
Dr. Johnson walked into ER. "Clyde, I heard you have chest pains?"
Just then the heart monitor beeped.
"Nurse, we need to shock him STAT!" screamed the doctor.
A month later Clyde went to see Dr. Johnson again. The doctor took his stethoscope and put it on Clyde’s chest.
"Well your heart sounds okay."
Clyde put his hands over his face, then put them down. "Doc, I should be ashamed of myself. I should have listened to you."
The doctor looked over his glasses into Clyde’s eyes. "You know you almost died."
Clyde shook his head. “My family could have lost me."
The doctor lightly slapped Clyde on the top of his thigh. "The important thing is that you’re better."
Clyde stood up from the examining table. "I am eating differently; I am having more vegetables and less fatty foods. I’m also getting more exercise."
The doctor went over to the desk and picked up the file. "Good; I am glad."
Clyde let out a deep breath and hung his head. "Thank you for all you've done to save me."
The doctor opened the door. "That’s my job; schedule another appointment within a month."
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