Old Dr. Carver still made house calls. One afternoon he was called to the Tuttle house. Mrs. Tuttle was in terrible pain.
The doctor came out of the bedroom a minute after he’d gone in and asked Mr. Tuttle, “Do you have a hammer?”
A puzzled Mr. Tuttle went to the garage, and returned with a hammer.
The doctor thanked him and went back into the bedroom.
A few moments later, he came out and asked, “Do you have a chisel?”
Mr. Tuttle complied with the request.
In the next ten minutes, Dr. Carver asked for and received a pair of pliers, a screwdriver, and a hacksaw.
The last request got to Mr. Tuttle. He asked, “What are you doing to my wife?”
“Not a thing,” replied old doc Carver. “I can’t get my instrument bag open.”