Monday, January 28, 2013

Another Day at the Doctor Office


Another day at the Doctor’s office, another slice of humanity.  Another day for observing the great lives that pass through the door.

Awkwardness melted away as the chairs filled up.  Patients were forced to sit next to a stranger.  And then, one person leaned over to the next and said something.  It didn’t matter what, because the forbidden veil had been torn.  People started interacting, sharing, making eye contact.

Different races, ages, experiences, and life choices poured out in a flood.  Vietnam vet was next to long distance trucker.  An elderly woman sat next to twenty-something woman.  A bicyclist with torn ACL (or ALC) talked to the sixty-something man who sported a graying ponytail and a Padres baseball cap. 

Everyone was there to see the doctor for some reason involving pain or illness.  Some were clearly in wrenching pain, but relating the events of the accidents helped them endure the waiting.

What was I doing, you may ask.  I was the one who leaned over to the person next to me, and started it all.  After that, my journal was open as I wrote, interspersed with conversation.

Just needed to get the ball rolling.

28 comments:

  1. You are the brave, noble one. Well, someone has to do it, Ha

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    1. All that I am in the bold talkative dept., I learned from my mother. I always swore that she could find out someone's life story in 20 minutes. She was a wealth of information.

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  2. The instigator of the group haha love it. Although blah to all the germs about.

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    1. That day there were no random coughing and sneezing, just misery.

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  3. Not surprising that you got the ball rolling.

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    1. My friendliness works well for me sometimes. Other times I need to be quiet and just listen.

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  4. Oh if only our waiting rooms were like that. Everyone sits in silence, waiting. It's more like a library than a doctors surgery. I must take a leaf out of your book and start the ball rolling.

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    1. Oh, I hope you do! Very healing for everyone.

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  5. i love this---even though i am kinda shy and not too much of a people person--there is something about a doctor's waiting area that makes me want to start up a conversation --great blog :)

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    1. Thanks! I look forward to hearing what happens when others start up conversations.

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  6. Good for you! Many people want to interact, but are too afraid of being rejected. A simple hello to a stranger can make their day.

    I hope the doctor fixed whatever was ailing you. Take care, brave, kind lady.

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    1. My illness was minor, just needed anti-biotics. The other patients had some serious issues happening, and it helped (I hope) to talk to a total stranger.

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  7. Once I had to take my granddaughters with me to an appointment. They brought their potholder looms and were working quietly in a corner when I went in. When I came out the whole room was their audience and people stopped me to tell me about their childhood or what great granddaughter I had. They were about 7 and 11 then.

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    1. It often takes a child to get people to open up. That is wonderful!

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  8. Excellent! Life is too short to be stuck in our own little insulated bubbles.

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    1. Absolutely--we are all connected and just need to realize it.

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    1. I have been at times, esp. with migraines. Usually my husband is with me, and he reads to me from his current book. Hope you are okay.

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  10. It's great that you brought your journal with you. I'm sure that the other patients enjoyed talking to you, and it helped pass the time more quickly. Hope that you're feeling okay. Julie

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    1. I'm fine--I was a minor player that day.

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  11. I knew there was a reason I liked you!

    Hugs to you.

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    1. Your blog was one of the first blogs I met when I started blogging!

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  12. Ooh, friendly banter at the doctor's - tricky one. I'm not sure how I feel about that but I'm a misanthrope. Very nicely written.

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    1. Misanthropes provide the darkness upon which light can shine. Nice to hear from you!

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  13. I can totally see the moment of which you speak. Amazing how everything falls within the artist's view. Well done:)

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    1. It is a bit like striking a match, with the ensuing flare and then slow burn.

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  14. OOh, the first Domino.

    Nice work there. . .

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