* * Anonymous Doc: The Twizzler Vaccine

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Twizzler Vaccine

I recommended the shingles vaccine to a particular patient. She said she would think about it.  I told her she can get it at the local chain pharmacy if she didn't want to come all the way back to the clinic.  She calls me yesterday:

 "I don't know why I listened to you."

 "What's wrong?"

"I wasted an hour at CVS looking up and down every aisle and could not find the shingles vaccine."

"No, you have to ask the pharmacist and he or she will administer it. You can't just buy it."

"NOW you tell me!"

"I'm sorry I wasn't clearer."

"Plus I ended up buying Twizzlers and they got stuck in my teeth and pulled out a filling.  So now I have to go to the dentist.  I should send you a bill."

"You probably should avoid the Twizzlers anyway because of the blood sugar issues we talked about..."

"You're the one who sent me to a store filled with candy. I only bought them because Twizzlers sounds like Shingles."

"So you thought the vaccine was made of licorice?"

"No, I'm not an idiot.  I just got hungry."

"Okay. You can go back and ask the pharmacist for the vaccine when you get a chance."



  1. This was wonderfully fun to read. We have missed you, Anonymous Doc!

  2. Yeah, that's a nice read. It's very witty, as well as a fine reminder of the significance of dentistry in daily life. Really sublime. Stuff like that is rather easy to miss, but is nonetheless tied to our very diet.

    Back Mountain Dental

  3. Oh my! I just can't - this really, truly happened?!

    Great to have you back, Anonymous Doc!

  4. Lol, welcome back doc.

  5. dear god... and I thought some of my patients were... special