I had 15 seconds of fame, and it was all I dreamed it would be. This past weekend, I was retweeted by Dr. Drew. Here’s the set up along with more reasons why you may be stupid. I’m hoping any of my friends who read this babble will give me a big, fat eye roll and say “Of course we know what a doctor is, you patronizing weirdo.”
I’ve always been irritated by people who don’t know what a doctor is. A lot of people who are into natural foods speak of medical doctors as evil because all they do is prescribe and not tell people to alter their diets. Well of course they do. They are not doctors of food and nutrition; they are doctors of medicine. Usually when you see a doctor, you’re beyond the “change your diet” part of your illness.
I first learned in grade school that you could become a doctor of anything. We had a substitute teacher who had an Ed. D. (Doctor of Education), and told us to refer to her as Dr. Smith. She explained how she was different from a doctor you’d see when you’re sick. Then when I was nine, I started suffering from tension headaches. Some brilliant quack convinced my mom I might be suffering from stress (nine!) and told her to take me to a psychologist. I sat in front of this guy, and he said “I’m a psychologist. Do you know the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?” And I answered “You can’t prescribe medicine.” I have a vague memory of him being puzzled that I knew that. (Nine!)
Recently, some angry person on Twitter posted that Dr. Drew is, in fact, not a real psychologist. He’s just a “poser”. Oh, angry tweeters. Have the common decency to spread your lunacy in a blog where only your friends are reading. (PS: Hi guys!)
Dr. Drew is an MD. He’s been on the radio doing Loveline since 1983. He also still has a medical practice and sees patients. He’s a board-certified physician and addiction medicine specialist. Yes, he can write a prescription. This woman’s ignorance of Dr. Drew’s credentials inspired me to tweet this:
“Someone accused @drdrew of “posing” as a psychologist. Does it make anyone else want to cry when people don’t know what an MD is?”
Dr. Drew is neither posing nor a psychologist. I thought it was an obvious joke. Then there were responses:
“Actually, he’s an MD and a psychologist would have PhD.” Yeah, we’re saying the same thing, dumbass. Only I said it better.
“Well Dr. Phil isn’t a doctor anymore, he lost his license”. I don’t know what kind of license Dr. Phil had, whether or not he lost it, or what he has to do with my tweet, but you don’t lose a PhD. So he’s a doctor. He’s never been an MD, and he’s never claimed to be one.
UGH! No one got the joke! I always said if I ever got noticed on Twitter, I would ignore all the angry people. So I didn’t reply to any of them. Instead I just stewed until I had to blog about it. I suspect this blog keeps me from punching babies.
The silver lining of being retweeted to 2.6 million tweeps is that though the general public didn’t get the joke, Dr. Drew did. And I may be a little presumptuous here, but I think he and I are now best friends. #KerryDrewBFF