Doc Talk

September 24, 2009 at 00:54 Leave a comment

Used to be that I had difficulty believing my nurses and counter staff when they told me that so-and-so patient’s relative was a complete arse. In general, I found relatives to be on the OK side of the fence. Now I know that people choose who they want to be nice to. Here’s an example of that. 

Phone rings. Hospital operator’s number shows on phone.

Me: Yeah, wassup?

Operator: Sorry, Dr. Katie, I know this is probably a bad time and you’re really busy, but Patient X’s relative is looking for you. Shall I tell her you can’t speak to her?

Me: (thinks: eh? Usually they’re not half as enthusiastic about turning away callers) Er, actually I do have a moment. Perhaps you could put her through after all.

Operator: (sounding disappointed) Oh. Uh. OK then, please hold, I’ll put her through.

Relative: Hello? Hello?

Me: Hello?

Relative: Hello? Hello?

Me: Yes?

Relative: HELLO? HELLO?

Me: (thinks: what the bloody heck is wrong with this woman?) Yes. Hello. How may I help you?

Relative: (really lets rip) Whaddaya mean how can you help me?! I just told my story to the operator and you’re asking me to repeat it all over again?! What for?! Who are you?!

Me: (allows an ominous pause) I. Am. Dr. Katie.

Relative: (pauses too) Oh. (complete change of tone) Oh. Dr. Katie. (takes on the tone of a civilized human being) So sorry, didn’t realize it was you.

I suppose it must be true what they say about the real measure of a person being taken by how they treat people who they don’t actually need to be nice to.

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My blog-name is Katie but I will not respond if you call me that in real life because it's not my real name. Yes, I do practise virtual-world paranoia. No, I do not enjoy stalkers. But I do enjoy writing and having folks reading said writing, so welcome to my world. It's nice to meet you.

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I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song (Jim Croce)

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Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)

Books read in 2010 and 2011

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - 'cos the movie's coming out!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontz) - ah, bugger, it's part of a series! Now I hafta find all the books...
Dismantled (Jennifer McMahon) - oh, good one
Tigerlily's Orchids (Ruth Rendell)
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
Holy Fools (Joanne Harris) - it's official: I prefer her scary books
A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
The Little Friend (Donna Tartt)
The main books - 11 so far - of the Southern Vampire series; the Aurora Teagarden series except for A Fool & His Honey - that makes it 7; Sweet & Deadly (Charlaine Harris)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Bachman Books (Stephen King)
Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)
Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Sandman, Vol 1 (Neil Gaiman)
The Burden (Agatha Christie) - her crime novels are waaay better
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