No one likes going to the doctor Okay, well there might be some hypochondriacs or people who's doctor's are really hot; but I think it is pretty safe to say that most of us could think of a lot of things we would rather be doing than go to the doctor.
You get to the doctor, sign in then go join the mass of others waiting. Sometimes you will get lucky and there will be an amazing waiting room. My perinatal doctor had free wi-fi. I could have sat there all day. My heart doctor had a big TV that was usually on to HGTV and I could hear the program as I was easily the youngest person in the place. And then there are always the pediatricians were there are germ laced toys and hacking snotty children all around.
But no matter what the condition of the waiting room no one likes to wait. They want us to think we like waiting, even callings us patients, but yet most still don't like waiting. At my last cardiology appointment I settled in, book in hand, but was soon distracted by the home makeover going on. I was happily watching completely content.
"Emily", my bliss was interrupted. 'Oh wow, that was a fast wait'. I think to myself. The nurse happily chats with me, gets my blood pressure, my weight, and then shows me too my room. "The doctor will be with you in a minute" she says with a smile.
Slam. The door is closed. Tick.. tick... the clock in the room loudly ticks away. I sit on the exam table, my legs dangling. I look around, some diagrams of the heart, some gloves, and the other usual doctors stuff.
I eye my book sitting in my purse way over on the chair. Should I get down and get it? I know as soon as I do the Dr will come. So I just wait.
I wonder how that home makeover is going? Wish I could have finished watching it.
"Hello!" I hear the Dr. say as he enters the room next door. I sit there for the next few minutes listening to how high the cholesterol is of the patient next door. Note to self, when the Dr comes in, talk quietly, these walls are thin.
All the quiet, not used to it. Used to having my kids talking my ear off nonstop.
The quiet is helping me think, think and ponder and suddenly, eureka! I figured it out. The doctors are very smart, oh so very smart. No one wants to wait long and they know it. If you had a bunch of patients flooding the waiting room they might start talking. Talking about how long they have been waiting and soon you will have an uproar. So they build these nice waiting rooms filled with wi-fi and TV and magazines to help distract you and before you get a chance to start to wonder what is taking so long they call you back.
You enter the room thinking it is your turn next and you will be seen any minute. But then you wait and you wait. Where is the TV, why is the wi-fi not working back here?? But who do you have complain to? No one. You are there all by yourself, often sitting in your underwear with nothing to do and no where to go.
Genius, pure genius. No wonder why doctors get paid so much.