No one was going to tell “Big Don” Dimbo he had to wear a mask in the grocery store. After all, the man served his country for 22-years and freedom was important to him. He’d told that young fella at the door where to stick it when suggested he use some type face covering.
Browsing in the produce section, “Big Don” ran into his cardiologist, Dr. Paul Wagner.
“How’s it going Don?, the doctor politely asked. Shouldn’t you be wearing a mask?”
“Big Don” went into a full 5-minute spiel on how masks didn’t work, how constraining they were, and no one was going to take his freedom away by forcing him to wear one. He ended his tirade by claiming,
“It’s all a conspiracy. This Covid crap is just another stinkin’ flu!”
Dr. Wagner could only smile and wish him the best before leaving.
Two weeks passed before “Big Don” was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with chest pains. Tests showed that he had several blocked arteries. Bypass surgery was immediately performed.
A couple of day later, Dr. Wagner walked into Don’s hospital room to check on him.
“Did you see the video of your procedure?“
“Yes I did.” Don replied. “Thanks for the great work. By the way, I noticed in the film you didn’t have on a mask. What’s with that?“
“Good observation Don! You put me at risk in the grocery store so I thought I’d return the favor. You were right about that freedom thing, it’s so less constraining.”
Before leaving, Dr. Wagner had one last thing to tell his patient.
“By the way, after your surgery it was discovered I’m asymptomatic. I tested positive to carrying a virus of sorts. They’re running tests. I’m sure it’ll turn out to be nothing more than another stinkin’ flu. I wouldn’t worry about it unless of course, you develop a cough, runny nose, aches and pains, or a fever!”