Howard had shingles.
Those of us who spend much time in a doctor's office should appreciate this! Doesn't it seem more and more that physicians are running their practices like an assembly line?
Here's what happened to Howard:
Howard walked into a doctor's office and the receptionist asked him what he had. Howard said: 'Shingles.' So she wrote down his name, address, medical insurance number and told him to have a seat.
Fifteen minutes later a nurse's aide came out and asked Howard what he had...
Howard said, 'Shingles.' So she wrote down his height, weight, a complete medical history and told Howard to wait in the examining room.
A half hour later a nurse came in and asked Howard what he had. Howard said, 'Shingles..' So the nurse gave Howard a blood test, a blood pressure test, an electrocardiogram, and told Howard to take off all his clothes and wait for the doctor.
An hour later the doctor came in and found Howard sitting patiently in the nude and asked Howard what he had.
Howard said, 'Shingles.' The doctor asked, 'Where?'
Howard said, 'Outside on the truck. Where do you want me to unload 'em?