Sunday, April 29, 2007

BEEN A WHILE

It truly has been some time since my last post. Deeply sorry for those who care. If your into excuses, I've been working quite a bit and trying to deal with the balancing act of family and work.

Funny how I typically post ideas or experiences within my medical experience. I say this b/c I witnessed an interesting situation yesterday.

I took my dog into the vet for some vaccinations and checkup. While checking out and paying my bill, I overheard a conversation at the other end of the counter. A woman with her elderly dog was checking in and she was obviously in a bad mood. The desk attendant asked her if it was time for the dog to pick up more heartworm medicaiton. The lady replied in a very unpleasant tone, "I don't know, don't you guys have records for this sort of thing?" This really caught my attention. The desk attendant, trying to stay professional, said that she would try to find out and then asked if the unpleasant woman knew what medication the dog had been taking recently. This was great. The woman was obviously pissed off now and acting like a total bitch. Her reply, "I don't know. She gets it every day. Don't you have records of any of this?" OK, I couldn't believe it. This bitch was chewing out the desk attendant, a woman who had never seen this dog in her life, because she her self didn't know what medication she had been giving the dog every single day for a long time. What a complete idiot and total witch this woman was being.

I think most people experience both of these feeling at different times in their lives. Some days, we are the desk attendant - feeling beat down for no reason and abused by people that obviously have no logical thought. Other times, we are frustrated and pissed off b/c something isn't going right in our lives. Even though the people we are dealing with at that time have no idea what may be wrong, we treat them like shit anyway b/c it makes us feel better to take our frustrations out on someone or something else.

Needless to say, I felt bad for her dog.

2 Comments:

Blogger barb michelen said...

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12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get a spine, dude. The lady reaming the desk attendant had no right to talk that way.

And neither do our patients, frankly, but we have no right to protest, either, because we are the doctors.

9:22 PM  

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