A 90-YEAR-OLD TOUGH COOKIE

WHEN YOU GOTTA GO – YA GOTTA GO!

Veteran marathoner Jerry Johncock, 90, was four-fifths through the Twin Cities Marathon in October when he was overtaken by a medical problem common to men of his age: urinary blockage. As he stopped to discuss his plight with officials, noting that he would have to quit the race to get to a hospital before his bladder burst, a spectator overheard the conversation and offered him the use of a “spare” catheter he had in his car. Johncock repaired to a rest room, administered the catheter, and returned to finish the race.

A doctor spectator commented,”Jerry is one tough cookie; running a marathon at 90, and tough enough to catheterize himself through that swollen prostate.” “Over the years, I have seen patients peeing in the sink or the waste can. Working in pediatrics, you quickly learn the kids pee anywhere and anytime, including when you are examining them.


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