Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Why You Really Can't Please Everyone

Verbatim phone call received in my office this morning:
Dr. D: Good morning, Dr. Dinosaur's office.

Caller: Oh, I wanted to talk to a machine. [click]
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot; over?

(Thanks to CrankyProf for new twist on old rejoinder.)


At Wed Jan 14, 09:08:00 AM, Blogger Sage Ravenwood said...

That usually means whatever excuse they are leaving to cancel the appt. isn't valid. It's far easier to lie to a machine, and in their simple minds not a lie since it's not human. (Hugs)Indigo

At Wed Jan 14, 01:49:00 PM, Blogger Dreaming again said...

I need to call my doc right now. I'm dreading it. Been putting it off for 3 days. If I could leave the message on a machine, I'd have done it on Monday.
If it was 2 of my docs that have machines, I'd be sitting pretty. But, alas, they have people answering the phone.

Which means, the nurse will ask questions that, quite frankly I don't want to answer and feel are between me and the doc. If I say so, she'll get snipey. (past experience has told me this ..she'll also say that if she doesn't have enough information, she won't *bother* giving the doc the message)

So, I have 2 choices ..either make an unnecessary appointment so the private issue stays private ...or make that call and have my privacy invaded.

The nurse before this one would respect "really, it's personal and it pertains to an existing diagnosis" (with slightly more detail, but it's personal and not going into it on here!)

At Wed Jan 14, 05:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable. LOL

At Tue Jan 20, 04:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This made me smile :)


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