Ask The Country Doctor

February 22nd, 2008

During the move last Spring, I discovered two shoe boxes full of pictures that I had never sorted, or put in an album, or framed or anything. Actually the truth is that I always knew about those two boxes of photos. I kept them on a shelf above the washer and the dryer and I had been tossing packets of photos into those two boxes for years. But the move forced me to physically lift the boxes, touch the photos, glance through them, and I knew I would have to eventually get them organized.

Last night, I started sorting the boxes. I now have eight messy piles with labels like “Brothers”, “Extended Family”, “Old House” and “Friends”. I plan to loosely organize these photos and put them in albums according to their categories. I am not even going to try to place them in any sort of accurate order. It may not make the most sense, but it will at least tuck the photos securely away in an album where we can occasionally look at them.

As a blogger the photos were something of a goldmine of ideas and future stories. There are photos from my childhood and from the Country Doctor’s childhood and from our wedding and our rehearsal dinner. I found cheerleading photos and pictures of my sister as an infant grabbing handfuls of my birthday cake right off my plate. She still does that. I also found pictures of me going through a heavy duty, post college, granola phase and pictures from my freshman year at KU. But I think we should start with someone else. Don’t you? Someone far more deserving of a photo tribute than little old me. I pick…The Country Doctor!

Here we have The Country Doctor covered by his offspring. He was probably about six months into his three year residency at this point. These three little boys didn’t see him much, so when they did, they demanded a wrestling match, which the Country Doctor inevitably lost. It appears they knocked him unconscious in this particular bout.

This is a picture from April’s wedding. I think this may have been our third or fourth date. He is talking to my grandmother Edna. It was one of the few times they ever got to talk as she passed away a year later. She liked him though. She liked him a lot. Which she kept telling me over and over again, every time I talked to her.


For Halloween one year I actually made all three of my boy’s costumes. Drew was the baby back then and I made him a pair of angel wings by gluing a feather boa to two hangers that I somehow attached together.


And here we have the Country Doctor and his hot new girlfriend! We’d been dating about six months by the taking of this picture. He seems to be getting used to the fact that he is dating a genuine grade A goofball.

So after viewing the evidence presented, do you have any questions for the man? I have absolutely nothing to pester him with these days and I can’t bear it much longer. Feel free to ask a question of the Country Doctor or the Country Doctor’s Wife in the comments. I’ll try to get his answers up a little sooner than last time, but I can’t make any promises.

Now lineup all your babies and all your co-workers and all your bosses, and all the people standing around you in the produce aisle and if you are alone then line up all your favorite books and all your most well worn slippers and kiss them right down the row for me! One, two, three, four and then ask a question… there you go! Over and out – Me.

Comments

  • Renovation Therapy:

    I can’t imagine doing a residency and having loads of little kids running around…and not losing my temper…constantly. Big kudos to him!!That said, what were you thinking with that floral shirt?!!?I’m kidding. I posted my prom photo the other day in all its glory.

  • Rechelle:

    Yes – the color of that last outfit doesn’t do much for me – but it was actually a minidress and well… I was focusing on the legs in that particular get-up.

  • Kalin:

    The Country Doctor was such a dreamboat. I tried to find a way to state that in the form of a question, but it didn’t work out.

  • Kalin:

    The Country Doctor was such a dreamboat. I tried to find a way to state that in the form of a question, but it didn’t work out.

  • Junebug:

    Ask him if he really went to sleep in that first picture.

  • Donna:

    Does CD manage to stay on schedule seeing his patients? If not, I’ll ask a question that I’ve wanted to ask all doctors: Why is it that even if I am the first appointment of your day, I still have to sit in an empty exam room for 30 minutes before you show up?P.S. In the case of our family doctor, I think I found out his reason. I always go in the exam room with Cliff (old couples do that) and last time I mentioned to him that we have a motorcycle. Turns out so does he, and he and Cliff talked about motorcycles for at least a half-hour. I couldn’t keep from thinking about all those other patients waiting for him in other rooms.

  • chocolatechic:

    My favorite picture is the first one.There is nothing more endearing as a man showing love to his babies!!Q. Why don’t you wear your hair dark anymore?Q. for Dr. Do you like your new truck?

  • Ree Drummond:

    Rechelle, please forgive me. Please.But that first photo…the one of the bald, chunky baby lying beside your fine specimen of a husband. It made me…it made me…it made me want to breastfeed. I’m just being honest. Gosh, that baby stage—that precise size—is probably the best there is.My question? CD, I know you haven’t exactly been practicing medicine for decades yet, but I’m curious: if you had it to do over again, would you choose medicine as your profession? With all the uncertainties of the future of health care and the demands of being a person who’s responsible for the well-being of not just your own family, but a community of people…would you rethink things if you could?

  • Molly:

    Those are funny pictures. I especially like the last one with the floral 1990′s dress. I think I had one very similar.My question for CD, how did you know Rechelle was the one for you?

  • Jayne:

    Well, my question is not nearly so thoughtful and serious as Ree’s. It’s more like the one from iloveupstate. Were you forced to wear that dress in the wedding photo, or did you pick it on your own? Just kidding. I once had a fuschia and black dress a lot like it, only rufflier.

  • savannah:

    Notice the seductive off the shoulder sleeve in the wedding photo…Did you mean to do that?

  • Lisa:

    My question is: Rechelle, are you posing as Ree in comments to yourself? LOL!You are so funny!

  • Rechelle:

    Yes – I actually am Pioneer Woman. I just created this blog to throw people off the track. Look for Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama commenting later in the day.

  • Rechelle:

    Yes – I actually am Pioneer Woman. I just created this blog to throw people off the track. Look for Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama commenting later in the day.

  • Anonymous:

    Rechelle – you are just the best blogger ever! …and I have to say that you have really been an incredible inspiration to my husband’s campaign. Those photos of summertime you put up recently got us through some serious winter doldrums. And we think that the stories of the Oracle are just HILARIOUS!!! YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION! Barack asked me to ask you this…Have you ever considered writing a self help book? You could really help a lot of people if you did.Thanks again Rechelle for all you do!Love, Michelle Obama

  • Anonymous:

    Dear Rechelle,Oh Damn! The Obama’s beat me again! Get my campaign manager on the phone! ANYWAY – I just wanted to say that I LIKE you hair blonde! Highlights are THE ONLY WAY to stay young and fit after a certain age. Tell all those other people to GET A LIFE! It’s YOUR TURN to have highlights. AND IT”S MY TURN to be president. Love Your Blog – it makes my day!FUTURE POTUS,Hilary Rodham Clinton

  • Renovation Therapy:

    OK, here’s a question for the CD. Do all the little old ladies who come to your office hit on you? Cause my Mom & My Aunt would probably torture you with their baudiness.

  • Nan:

    I’m curious about a couple of things, when the CD is sick does he blame his patience for giving it to him. Also does he go into the office and work if he is sick and still sees patience? If he doesn’t go in to work, what kind of patient he is for Nurse Rechelle? You know, does he suck it up and deal with it or does he milk it to get pampered?

  • Lisa:

    Hmmm…Does this mean you are a Democrat? :-) No McCain, Huckabee, or Juliani spouse comments? How DO you spell Juliani; and does he even have a wife now???:-)That’s 3 questions.Does the Oracle read your blog?:-)4.(That really is a precious picture of the CD wrestling in his sleep.)I must go do my cakes.

  • Anonymous:

    Ok for CD I have a question. I had a nasty boil like bump between my legs the other day. I am a married woman so I am sure it’s not an std thing, but it hurt for like 3 -4 days. it turned purple….it was huge and the elastic part of my granny panties kept irritating it. it finally “popped” and it was bloody. What is it? Thank you.and also I would like to know what is the nastiest thing CD has ever had to treat. What has made him toss his cookies? Hopefully not my boil.

  • Anonymous:

    YES, I have a wife!And you spell my name GIULIANI, lady.Rudy (Love your blog, Rechelle. Keep the hair blonde. I like blondes. I like brunettes too though. Whatever…I’ll like it.)

  • Jenni:

    Aw! You two look so cute in that last picture! They’re all great photos which I’m sure represent wonderful memories.I’m so impressed. First the junk drawer and now the photo boxes! My only question for the Country Doctor is: Will you loan out your wife to organize other people’s junk drawers and photo boxes? I think I might know someone who could use some help.

  • Jenni:

    Aw! You two look so cute in that last picture! They’re all great photos which I’m sure represent wonderful memories.I’m so impressed. First the junk drawer and now the photo boxes! My only question for the Country Doctor is: Will you loan out your wife to organize other people’s junk drawers and photo boxes? I think I might know someone who could use some help.

  • Anonymous:

    Oh…My wonderful friends Obama and Michelle told me about your blog…The country doctor sure is handsome! Would he like to answer all these questions (and more) on my show?I’m thinking of doing a “gorgeous country doctor answers all” show…Forget Dr. OZ…Country Doctor is who I want…Have his people contact my people!Have a wonderful day!Oprah

  • Tara:

    What a find for you–tons of pics and stories!

  • Maria:

    Okay, I had written this REALLY witty and wonderful comment, but somehow it got lost. I’m thinking it was too witty to be deleted, so that can’t be it. So now, here is the unwitty version:Why is CD paying attention to Edna when you are sporting some nice “cleavie” there, Rechelle? I had a dress similar, in similar wedding. Maybe it was the same one.I agree with commenter who said CD was kinda dishy. Can we start calling him McDishy?And I am so surprised that Castro isn’t writing. He has more free time now so you’ll have to work on renewing your acquaintance with him.My questions were this: Dear McDishy: How has blogging changed your relationship with your wife? How much time does she spend blogging, because my husband is going crazy and I forgot what homeschooling is.Dear Rechelle: Will you come decorate my house, ’cause I really like yours. I’ll buy you lobster.

  • Rechelle:

    I think the anonymous “bloody bump” person is probably McCain’s wife. She is just far too stylish and wholesome to sign her name. Or it could be Laura Bush… I’m not sure but, I know they both read my blog.

  • Rechelle:

    I think the anonymous “bloody bump” person is probably McCain’s wife. She is just far too stylish and wholesome to sign her name. Or it could be Laura Bush… I’m not sure but, I know they both read my blog.

  • cndymkr / jean:

    OK, my questions for the Doc – which hair color do you prefer on your wife? I really like the dark brunette like she had going on. Ohh, how about red? Has she tried that yet?

  • Anonymous:

    How you doin’ Rechelle? I really prefer blondes. You know they have more fun. My brother was particularly fond of blondes, especially Marilyn M. I hope that you continue to support Barack too. I’m all for him…and you. :DTeddy Kennedy

  • Donna:

    Dear Country Doctor: When are you going to start wearing Wranglers and chaps? Do you have a horse?I couldn’t resist. Hope I don’t give CD a complex.

  • Anonymous:

    Oay I have a REAL queastion… CD? Briefs or Boxers?Rooth

  • Anonymous:

    Oay I have a REAL queastion… CD? Briefs or Boxers?Rooth

  • Anonymous:

    Panties. There. You’re both invited to be guests on my upcoming show, “Phobias,” in which we’ll explore the implications of a general practictioner who daily sees bunions, hemmorhoids, and open head wounds yet returns home to a household in which the word “panties” can wreak confusion and havoc to delicate sensibilities…(how’s that workin’ for ya, anyway?)feel free to bring Steve, if he’s feeling particulary oracularxoxoDr. Phil

  • Nan:

    I just had to come back and read the questions that have been posted, but in so doing, I have found another one that needs asking, in that last picture, is it just me, or does it look like the CD is slipping his hand down the front of Rechelles dress? Hummm?

  • Kathy from NJ:

    Not to worry – he was just checking her thyroid.

  • Crunchy Chicken:

    Good lord. Do I have to ask the hard hitting questions. Again?CD – Sutures or staple gun?CD – Do you ever want to tell a patient to take a bath before coming to their next appointment?CD – Have you ever felt like throwing up while treating a particularly nasty patient? CD – If you could have a threesome with Rechelle and someone else, who would it be?

  • Crunchy Chicken:

    Good lord. Do I have to ask the hard hitting questions. Again?CD – Sutures or staple gun?CD – Do you ever want to tell a patient to take a bath before coming to their next appointment?CD – Have you ever felt like throwing up while treating a particularly nasty patient? CD – If you could have a threesome with Rechelle and someone else, who would it be?

  • Crunchy Chicken:

    Ree – I’m sending you a 12 pack of these. Let me know where to mail them.Might I also suggest that it’s high time you look into getting a prescription for Cabergoline? Maybe the Country Doctor can write you a prescription.

  • Rechelle:

    Crunchy – I think it is time to up your meds. I’ll have old what’s his face call you in a new scrip. But that anti lactation drug was interesting. I think the best cure for hyper milk glands is lack of sleep and a screaming infant.