How to Explain Yourself to a Doctor

Sorry for the rerun. Both my wife and I have been brought low by separate minor illnesses. Believe me, it's nothing to be concerned about. Just enough of an irritant to slow us both down.

There will be a fresh strip Sunday night/Monday morning.

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Reader Comments (31)

How To Call In Sick would have been more appropriate.

February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZach

bahaha. "like, 12! i have it bad, doc." how about one related to disney movies? :)?

February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

feel better! Hey wait a sec.... "how to wish someone to feel better" That would be pretty good. Or maybe "how to wish a guy you never meet to feel better". Either way

February 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

I'm printing this out and giving it to my girlfriend to put on her desk. She works in a doctors office.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

this was a rerun? i didn't remember it. i was just thinking that this was one of the most hilarious strips in a long time!

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhikaru

This is a good one. Somehow missed it last time around....

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermr tom

140 psi, lol

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohnStaedler

I hope you both feel better soon. Don't worry about using a rerun - all your comics are hilarious enough that seeing them again just makes me laugh again.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Hope both feel better soon. *hugs*

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamara

Hmm, now I need to work out the psi of my blood pressure. Maybe I'll sort out a regular conversion algorithm. That might be helpful! :)

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott Myers

How about Portia de Rossi? If she's healthy, maybe she could sub in again...
Actually, next time you're sick you should just pick out four of the panels you've already got that look like they could go together and declare it a "make your own instruction" contest. Make the prize some BI item that you can get for $5 and the winner will still be happy (you could probably make an instruction out of how to put together a contest for little to no cost).

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHari

Never apologize for giving us something funny for free :)

Feel better!

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I have an idea for next time: How to Explain To Stockholders How Sick You Really Aren't But Need To Take A Medicinal Leave Of Absence For Six Months

I love this one! This was the comic that hooked me on BI. I work in a physical therapy office, so it strikes home.

Get feeling better!

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Feel better and take your time!

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMattia Landoni

I didn't remember this as a rerun until the "psi" bit, then it all came back to me! This is a hilarious one ^_^

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdofnup

[...] llogan sent me this today. It is very relevant, to me. stolen from Basic Instructions. [...]

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCubs Super Fan! » Blog A

I could have done with this one for tuesday :)

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Next on BI: "How to Out-Symptom Your Spouse When You're Both Sick."

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjvwalt

Don't people go to WebMD first before visiting the health practitioner?

I laughed so hard at this. Thank you. You have no idea how much I needed this.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Simmons

I don't get sick often, but on work hours I prefer a visit to the practitioner besides any internet research, she usually makes me wait a 30 minutes or more for a 5 minutes visit, a nice 30 minutes (at least) at the expense of my boss and my taxes, reading some book or enjoying some conversation with some old people. Not at all stressful except for the times when my hypochondria awakens :).

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesc

I don't know if that is the case everywhere, but most conversations waiting for the doctor are about who are the most sick, at least thats what it is when I talk to old people there, despite all, it is quite funny. I got a winner the time I was waiting for an emergency radiography for being cut by my reckless use of a machine saw, it wasn't that bad at all (lucky me) but, hey, cut, machine saw and some bloody bandages are quite a winner ever hehe.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesc

Some ideas off the top of my helmet.

How To Post a ReRun.
How To Win an Argument with a Blogger. (the sequel to How to win an Argument)
How To Get the Public to Give You Free Post Ideas.
How To Fake Creativety.
How To Look Cool with a Shaved Head.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBobaFetterson

Love this. Just had that exact experience and can attest to its veracity.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCKL

Hahaha! That is awesome. I had almost forgotten this one, so a re-run isn't really a bad thing on occasion.

Hope you and your wife feel better soon.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

laughing so hard there are tears running down my face... for this, you don't need to apologize.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

I say put together a really snazzy, thought provoking strip about the movie groundhogs day with Bill Murray, and everytime you need to run a re-run, run that strip - that would be the bee's knee's!

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjeremiah

I havent read every comic youve ever done, so these reruns are just fine, and since they are in a slightly different style, I find it refreshing. Thanks!

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKarl

Anybody else notice that the doc is blue?

November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnyboy

How does a broken femur cause esophagus pain?

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterORione

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