Ah, the waiting room.... (Bing images)
I'm willing to bet that at some time or another, all of you have noticed that our medical care system has become more automated.....picking numbers and having those numbers called out by a computer generated voice. The above photo is similar to the waiting room I expereienced this morning. I arrived at 8am, but probably should have arrived at 7:30. It was really full. The facility I was in has a Tricore lab in it, which is where I was going ~ but it also has physicians, nurses and mental health doctors too, which probably accounts for how busy it was. Monday seems to kick us in the backside more often than any other day of the week ~ just sayin.
I hit the button on the kiosk that spits out the little piece of paper with a number on it. With that little piece of paper comes the hope that there aren't too many ahead of you....until the computer voice says "A025 please report to desk #3", and your paper says A054. I settled in.
At first it was fairly quiet. The occassional rustle of paper, shoes scuffing on the floor. But it didn't take long for some folks to haul out their phones and make arrangements for the day. At least I didn't have to listen to someone fighting with a spouse or family member. As grandparents entered with grandkids in tow, it got a bit louder. It's interesting to people watch, but I prefer not to in a medical office....you just know that some of these people have some serious issues. I brought something to read....and took breaks by playing a game on my phone. I think Candy Crush was developed for the waiting room, ha ha.
Finally got out of there an hour later, which I suppose wasn't too bad. I have a nice little hole in my arm where they drained me of blood, and in a couple of weeks I will find out the result of the tests, which are basic. I haven't had a cholesterol test in over 10 years, and the Doc wants to check my thyroid function.
How was your last Dr/lab visit?