Listen. I love doctors, really. Well, most of them anyway. I mean we have a few that have saved our kids’ lives, so yes, we love us some doctors.
We don’t, however, love waiting in their waiting rooms (one of many pictured above), or horrible offices, or to deal with the consequences of stupid mistakes. The other day during our 2 hour and 45 minute appointment (sigh) I got to thinking about the annoying things that have happened to us over the years.
1. One time we set an appointment with a very popular orthopedist. Because of a cancellation, we were able to beat their 6-month average waiting time and were in within a few weeks. Unfortunately after waiting in their office for over an hour, they told us we weren’t on the appointment list for the day, that in fact it was a few months away. Huh? It was okay though, if I wanted to wait another 3 hours they’d be happy to put me in at the end of the day. Waiting with a 3 and 5-year-old? No thanks.
2. Gum-cracking front office staff. Enough said, yo.*
3. On more than one occasion the kids have had to go back to the hospital for labs. A couple of times because they didn’t collect enough blood and once recently because one of the vials for one kids ended up with the other kid’s name on it. That wasn’t fun to explain to the kids.
4. No offense to sick people in waiting rooms, especially E.R.s, but the coughing all over the place without a mask and without the staff asking people to use one? Annoying.
5. Oh, the waiting. Hours and hours waiting for doctors to arrive, for doctors to come into our little treatment rooms and for nurses and techs to come back into the rooms to administer meds, provide scripts, or referrals, oh the waiting.
I’d love to tell you about the time a man and three people with him stopped us to pray over my son (who didn’t like to be touched) and as they prayed – very loudly prayed – the man’s hand fell lower and lower until it was completely covering my son’s head and forehead. I feel that that one should be a post by itself though.
Lots of interesting things happen in hospitals.
* Why yes, my goal is to use “yo” once in every post this year.