God never promised us that life would be easy, but I thank him every day for throwing in a bit of humor to keep it entertaining. Yesterday I had to go to the hospital for some blood tests and of course that meant another visit with “outpatient services” for more paperwork. You’d think they would just say “oh, it’s you again” and punch a button, but no….drag out the ID and insurance card again, sign on the dotted line, etc. Oh, well.
When we were just about finished an older man rushed in huffing and puffing and fell into the chair next to me. The woman on the other side of the desk laughed and asked, “You don’t know him do you?” I looked up at her and replied, “No.” She laughed and said, “Last week I had a guy standing in the door and I had to send him back to the waiting room.” Then she proceeded to finish my paperwork and have me sign the consent form! Talk about focus on the task at hand.
As I got up to leave, an older woman entered and sat down next to the gentlemen.
As I stepped into the hall I heard the clerk say, “You mean you really didn’t know that woman?”
His reply, “Well no. But I know this one!”
OMG. Laughing all the way to the lab.
And in defense of the hospital staff I must say that the recent improvements they have made have been great. They are not just changing the physical environment, but also taking steps to improve the emotional experience of each visit. There are now bulletin boards in the outpatient areas with photos of the staff and cute messages that say, “serving you today”, so you can see who is on duty. And when we were waiting in radiology last week a young woman came out and asked each patient how long they had been waiting, inquired about their tests, asked if we needed anything, etc. She was quite serious about helping- checked on my shot for me, got a pillow for another woman. I think it assured everyone that we were being treated like people, not just names on a list.
This is a huge leap, but speaking of names on a list…my niece sent me a link to an interesting editorial which asks the question “is the general public really smart enough to vote?” Good question! Do most people understand the issues? Do they do any research on the candidates? Do they know anything about policies or programs advanced by either party? I would have to say no.
My other list for this week? American Idol favorites!! Hollie, Jessica, Skylar, Colton, Jeremy, Phillip. Where have these people been? Why hasn’t someone signed them up already?
And speaking of signing or not signing…it’s a GAME folks! Let’s save the tears for someone’s funeral. Okay, I know we are mourning the loss of some BIG bucks, but Manning will survive on whatever crumbs he gets now. And he has his glory days to talk about forever. And just how long did he think he was going to be THE one anyway? Don’t they give quarterbacks “the talk” at some point. Football has always been about the flavor of the month.
I leave you with a bit of humor from the end of my day. The cows have always loved my truck. They rub it, lick it, move the side mirrors, and curl up next to the tires. I guess they must communicate something to their calves because last night when we looked out all the little ones were gathered in our parking area. It’s the little things that keep life in perspective!
Just noticed my front flower bed is the only one without daffodils! How did that happen?
And yes I have an elephant statue in my yard. Why are you surprised?