Yesterday morning after work I had to head over to see my doctor to get a prescription refilled. I really don’t look forward to the visit because it always turns out to be the same thing. A lot of waiting for a 5 minute visit. Yesterday was no exception.
My appointment was for 11:15 and I arrived 15 minutes early. The first thing I noticed was the receptionist and her less than stellar personality. You’d think that when you’re dealing with sick people who might need a little cheering up that you’d hire someone with an outgoing, friendly personality. This one must have fallen through the cracks. On the personality scale of 1 to 10, I’d give her a 2!
The second thing I noticed is that there weren’t many people in the waiting room. Great! I thought this day might be a quick one. In and out. There were only 6 people ahead of me. Divide those by the number of doctors on duty and voila! I didn’t even think the engine in my vehicle would have time to cool down before I was back behind the steering wheel.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Five people came in after me and they all got in to see their doctor before me. Two people even had to fill out paperwork, which I assumed was because they’d never been to this clinic before. How in the world could they wait only five minutes and then be ushered in to see a doctor? Argh.
I finally made it into my doctor’s office at 11:45, forty five minutes after I arrived. Of course, my doctor wasn’t in his office yet. As a matter of fact he wouldn’t be in his office to see me for another half hour!
When he finally came in to see me, we made small talk, as we always do. He just got married less than two years ago, so I asked him how married life was going and he asked my how the radio business was going. Then he plugged my prescription refill into his computer and we were done. We shook hands and I left. The visit was less than 5 minutes.
I was out the door exactly 1 hour and 15 minutes after I arrived, wondering to myself why in the world I would make an appointment. Next time I’ll just roll in, fill out some paperwork like I’ve never been there before, and be on my way.
I might actually shave an hour off my visit!