Maybe laughter IS the best medicine?

The Way I See It

Looking in this week’s issue you will find a full page ad from Dr. Michael McFarland. He is celebrating 30 years practicing medicine here in Atascosa County.
Dr. McFarland – Dr. Mike as many of us call him – came home after first attending UT in Austin. In fact, I remember  his voice was the one you heard when you called the UT Athletic Department to get information on games and such. He was also in the Longhorn Band and still shows up for their reunion shows, too.
It seems that I have always known him. My mom went to school with both of his parents, Don and JoAnn Wehman McFarland. Oh how they would continue to be proud of their son, daughter-in-law Cindy and granddaughter Amanda.
I’m pretty sure that both of my kids quit going to the pediatrician shortly after Dr. McFarland began his practice.
Always the kind physician and when the moment was right, always the kidder.
Who else would have a skeleton bedecked with seasonal/holiday outfits?
Also, what doctor would instruct his patient (me) with a scratched cornea to read the prescription he wrote:
Apply drops to left eye.
Use patch to cover left eye while sleeping or in bright light.
Attach parrot on left shoulder.
Practice saying “Aye, Matey” three times a day.
I recently was talking with another nurse in an office in San Antonio. She asked if he was really a funny as he seems.
I assured her that he was indeed funny.
His signs in front of his building are a great testament to his humor. Some messages are informative, some spiritual and of course some are funny.
One of my favorites was “Chupacabra bites treated here.”
On Monday, mixed in with the “new patients welcome” and” athletic physicals available” were the following quips:
 “Quest vampire in house”
“This sign is gluten-free”
“Age and treachery beats youth and enthusiasm”…Plus this bit of scripture, “A cheerful heart is good medicine.”Proverbs 17:22.
The way I see it, I guess that is where they get the saying “Laughter is the best medicine?”
Keep practicing and keep the humor coming, Dr. Mike, for another 30 years!
SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

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