Breaking News: Julius is an Ace

        You may have noticed I haven’t mentioned Julius in a few days.  He was off to take Part II of his Boards, which by the way is the gateway to Doctor City.

        I gotta tell you this is my proudest day ever as a Doc mentor and teacher.  Julius came back to home base with the biggest grin I’ve ever seen.

        “How’d you do kid?” I asked.

        “Great Dr. B,  just great.”  He laughed out loud.  “Man, I was just whistling through the whole thing.  I’ve done my best with books, but at every turn I remembered all these old cases you’ve told me about over lunch or breakfast, and all these patients we’ve seen in the office who you’d rattle off ten years of history without a chart.  Man, it was a breeze.  All I had to do was fill in the right bubbles.  It was all your stories that carried the day.”

        I all but cried.  “Julius, that makes me prouder than anything I’ve heard as a teacher.  I am humbled.”

        “Yeah Doc, honest to God half the time I’d recall some bluegrass tune you imprinted on me to remember all the right answers by.  You remember the lady we diagnosed with temporal arteritis?  You said, ‘Ain’t no way she’s gonna go blind for lack of Prednisone while I’m off playing ‘Dim Lights, Thick Smoke.’  Get a sed rate, too.’  It was easy.”

        “Good Lord have mercy, boy.  A+!”

        “Yeah man, I applied Temple’s Law a couple times, and I never x-rayed a pregnant woman.  I diagnosed a heart attack when it looked like indigestion.  I rocked the house.”

        By now I was in tears.

        “Hey, we had a fill in the blank section at the end,” he said.

        “We didn’t have those in my day.  Back then it was a straight bubble test.”

         “Yeah, they asked about the value of a screening chest x-ray for lung cancer. ”

        “What didja tell ’em?”

        “I knew I’d already aced the thing,  so I penciled in a chest x-ray to screen for lung cancer ain’t worth a fart in a whirlwind.”

        “That’s My Boy!  How to go Julius!  I’m as proud as punch of ya.”  Lord y’all, I hope the world can take another one, but I might have created another me.  I didn’t know what to say.

        “I ‘preciate ya Doc.”

        “Son, you are a good kid.  You’re nice to people.  Don’t you ever change.” 

        “Yes sir, I won’t.”

        “You stay like you are.  The Doc gig ain’t about money or status or nothing else but people.  There are too many people in this business who chase the wrong things.”

        “Doc, that’s the best advice you’ve given me yet.  ‘Don’t chase the wrong things.’  I won’t forget.”

        I sent Julius to interview the next patient and closed my door.  I said a prayer and thanked the Good Lord for blessing me so profoundly.  After I’m gone there’ll still be some people Doctors left as long as Julius is around.  To have been any part of that just broke me up, and I had to recompose myself to get ready to go back to the salt mines.

Dr. B

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11 Comments on “Breaking News: Julius is an Ace”

  1. Bobby Cooper Says:

    That made my day Doc.
    Hat’s off.
    We need more people like you as Doctors.

  2. Lynn O'Carroll Says:

    I noticed those tears today. You should be proud. It was a great day for both of you.

  3. Good to know that there’s another bluegrass country doc out there now take care of people! You’re an awesome teacher, Doc. You teach your readers new stuff every day just by posting in this here blog – I can’t imagine how much info Julius has managed to learn from you!

    Julius, if you’re here as well, congratulations! Must feel great to be doing what you want to do with an esteemed man like our Doc B!

    • drtombibey Says:


      I told Julius I have to teach him everything I can. I hope he’ll look after me in Nursing Home someday, and I want him to be prepared.

      Dr. B

  4. waggledance Says:

    My faith in humanity has gone up a notch, Dr B. The old (excuse me!) passing on wisdom and knowledge to the young, and the young listening! Just as it should be…but still reassuring to read about. By the way, how do you know if something you are chasing is wrong?

  5. drtombibey Says:


    In our house we never went against Mom. -Dr. B

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