Health Care


My Uncle Frank, long before becoming my PIP
My Uncle Frank, long before becoming my PIP

I often heard my late Uncle Frank tell people he was fond of, “You’re a real pip.” For years, I thought this was a made up word. I eventually learned that a pip is an apple seed or one of those tiny dots on dice.

I’ve decided to start calling my Personal Imaginary Physician my PIP, in honor of my Uncle Frank. Like my uncle, my PIP is older, wise and kindly. In fact, I think I’lI just go ahead and borrow my memory of Uncle Frank’s face whenever I need to put a face on my doctor.

Why don’t I just go to REAL doctor?

I don’t trust doctors (well, other than my PIP, that is.) Most doctors seem more interested in selling pharmaceuticals…

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.