In Better Shape Than My Doc

I was never a good sleeper. When I get out of bed in the morning, I leave a mess behind me from my tossing and turning. I don’t nap during the day yet I function well.

At the completion of my last physical exam, my doctor at Kaiser said, “Morrie, I don’t know what you are doing but whatever it is keep doing it. You are much older than I am but in better shape.”

The last time I saw Dr. Hersch was when, to my surprise, he was a patient at Kaiser. Walking down the hall, I saw him in a bed.

“Dr. Hersch, what are you doing on the wrong side of the bed?”

He laughed and harangued me with a barrage of words. I don’t hear well and understood little of what he said. I just kept nodding as he was speaking. After about 10 minutes, I said, “Dr. Hersch, I’m leaving. I wish you well and hope that soon you will be back to your former job.”

He smiled and waved as I was leaving. 

I never saw him again and to this day don’t know what happened to him. He had a reputation of being one of the best doctors. 

Betty and I felt lucky being assigned to him. 

I will always remember his saying to me after that exam.

August 12, 2020

Author: Morrie Markoff

Centenarian (born in 1914) who lives in Los Angeles, and is also a metal sculpture artist and the Author of "Keep Breathing," available on and other book seller sites.