FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 14, 2006
Our latest Monk Fan of the Week, Tom, picked three episodes as his favorites based on his experiences as doctor, a patient, and a father. You can find Tom on the Monk message board as "innardamok". Here is his entry:
Hi! My name is Tom M. and I am a devout fan of Monk.
As a physician, I can identify most readily with Dr. Kroger. Like him, my work is based upon the most intimate of all professional relationships; that of the patient-physician. In many ways, upholding this relationship to the highest of standards is a delicate balancing act; an act which Dr. Kroger performs admirably. I enjoy watching his challenging interactions with Adrian. One of my favorite Dr. Kroger episodes is Mr. Monk And The Kid. Very touching.
As a patient, I can identify with Adrian's anxieties. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. I experienced much anxiety, and fear. Fear of the unknown. Would I leave my wife a young widow? Would I live to see my little girl grow up? Having faith in your physician goes a long way in alleviating those fears. Clearly, Adrian has a lot of faith in Dr. Kroger. That faith is tested in Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine. As for myself, I took my medicine and am now in good health.
As the father of a child with special needs, I can identify with Adrian's need for his unique support system. It's very important to have the right people on your side; people who are caring and competent. This point is hilariously evident in Mr. Monk And The Girl Who Cried Wolf. My eyes have been "up here" ever since!
Finally, as "innardamok", I am a proud member of a great group of people who post on the Monk message board. These people are like "family" to me! I try to inject my posts with a dose of humor; pun intended! After all, laughter is the best medicine!
Think you deserve the honor of "Monk Fan of the Week"?
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