Doctor Carver was old and feeble, but he still made house calls. One afternoon he was called to the Tuttle house because Mrs. Tuttle was in terrible pain.
The doctor came out of the bedroom just moments 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 moment later, Dr. Carver 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 finally got to Mr. Tuttle. He asked, “What are you doing to my wife?”
“So far, not a thing.” replied old Doctor Carver. “I still haven’t gotten my instrument bag open!”