Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mary's Desk, April 13, 2010

Mary: "Dr. Grumpy's office, this is Mary."

Mr. Biz: "Yeah, I have an appointment at 3:00 today, and my boss called an emergency meeting for the same time."

Mary: "Okay, do you need to reschedule?"

Mr. Biz: "No. Do you have WiFi?"

Mary: "Um, no, why?"

Mr. Biz: "Because I want to attend the meeting online during my doctor appointment. It's very important."

Mary: "I can reschedule you to tomorrow..."

Mr. Biz: "Wait a minute. You mean to tell me your office doesn't have free WiFi service? What do people do while they're waiting for the doctor?"

Mary: "He's usually pretty prompt, but we have magazines and..."

Mr. Biz: "How can you NOT have WiFi for patients? Just cancel my appointment, I'm going to find someone else."

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Seriously...sounds like he needs a proctologist to remove his head from u no where.

Amanda said...

I bet you cried a thousand tears when he went off to find his perfect wifi having doctor. Besides hospitals, I've never been in a doc's office with free wifi. Idiot.

Claudia said...

No wifi?????You want to lose me, Sir?

BTW, what'a wifi?

Celeste said...

He must not be too sick if work and wifi are his biggest priorities.

Wormwood's Doxy said...

I think you dodged a bullet on that one, Doc.

Cheers,
Doxy

Cthulhu Sashimi said...

"How else am I going to update my 'Grumpy Patient' blog while it's all fresh in my mind?"

Anonymous said...

I have to laugh about this WiFi reference. On a summer trip west, my teen-age son and I took an evening chance on driving over the Ridge Rd. in Rocky Mountain National Park starting at Lake Granby last summer. I'd lived in the area up north > 20 years ago while in school, so was well aware of the Estes Park crowd and inclined to have wanted to start out earlier to turn in earlier. Oh well. The Ridge Rd was a nightmare for both of us...he white-knuckled my driving and I swear I had a bleeding ulcer after we changed places at a pull-out.

On the other side we were looking for a motel. The No Vacancy sign was posted well in advance of the resort town, but we traveled through thinking positively. Finally, we came to one place that looked like it might have a swimming pool, but nixed by my son because of NO WiFi. On, and on we drove.

Finally, the two neon concepts were affixed to the same sign and there was one room left. And, it had a swimming pool. Cold, but it was cleansing relaxing water. The dog did not like it and stayed outside in the ventilated van. I'm in the shower after the swim readying for bed, and whoosh. The bathroom upstairs flooded out ours. So, not as clean as one would hope and don't want to think about the quality of water used. Son hasn't showered, the son's owner keeps coming in and out with wrenches and bucket. The weather was hot and A/C not working real well, and dog got into a howling competition with some other dog, so she had to come inside. Son dared not mention poor WiFi reception (something to do with the mountains, possibly.)

It was an extremely good trip to take with a teen-ager. Cut down, I feel, with some of the arrogance kids display at this age.

Adamant WiFi sounds like an immaturity issue.

rothase said...

wifi, please correct me if I am wrong, is a wireless internet connection. The hospital where I had my children had it for patients. It was pretty cool. But I don't know how you could pay attention to a meeting while talking to your doctor.

Swami Dil said...

We do have a bar-b-q on the patio! Patients are welcome to use it to send smoke signals..........

PaleMother said...

Wait ... don't tell me ... you don't offer lattes and smoothies either? What are people supposed to do? WAIT until after to snack?

The Good Cook said...

My doctor's office has WiFi - I saw my son's pediatrician use it yesterday to wirelessly print instructions for me in case he has another very frightening nose bleed. It never dawned on me to bring my laptop and browse blogs while I waited. Silly me - and here I was concentrating on what the doctor had to say.....

mongolian yak said...

every time when i see the title "mary's desk", i wonder if you just overheard them talking, or mary actually wrote down the conversations for you?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Usually a combination of both.

Old MD Girl said...

And here you are hogging all the internet access in your posh private office. God.

Moose said...

My former doctor's office had an open public wifi for patients [and, I assume, people with them] to use. But it was based at a huge University, so not that big a surprise.

The free medical clinic I go to now has a secure wifi for the office to use. The last time I was there the incredible helpful patient advocate [who handles getting people to specialists, into programs for free medications, etc.] was having problems getting a laptop to connect to it. I put on my geek hat :-) and talked them through fixing the problem. It was nice to be able to help someone who is usually the helper.

Anonymous said...

That was probably my ex.

Count yourself very, very lucky.

Joe said...

did you not inform him of the expresso bar?

Anonymous said...

"Skanky McDrippy's Strip Club out on the interstate has Wi-Fi AND an all-you-can-eat pasta buffet, and there's a neurologist who hangs out there every afternoon who will treat you if you buy him a couple of drinks."

Anonymous said...

"We have all our company meetings in Second Life, so I don't see why you shouldn't be able to examine me in Second Life as well. You don't seriously expect your patients to get dressed and physically show up in your office, do you?"

Gloria p said...

You win some, you lose some. I think you won this one. I can picture it--watching the meeting on his laptop and texting on his cellphone at the same time.

Anonymous said...

You probably don't want him driving near your office anyway.

w8ng2retireRPH said...

what a tool. clearly he had an idea that your office doesn't have wifi or else he wouldn't have called to confirm it. he didn't call to double check you guys have chairs in your waiting room.. or are located in a place with a roof and walls on all sides. buh-bye fella!

FaceSpace said...

You've heard of Web 2.0?

Congratulations, you've just met Asshole 2.0

bryce.schroeder said...

Wanting to have a business meeting during an appointment with the doctor is pretty absurd, but it seems natural to have wireless for patients... why not? You already have an Internet connection at your office, so why not spend the fifty bucks to provide wireless?

Anonymous said...

The huz's clinic has WIFI. Keeps the patients from whining "When is my turn?", "What's taking the dr sooo looooong???(after waiting for 20mins)", "How come there's no tv??", "You should have more magazines..." etc etc etc.

Sue

Anonymous said...

At least you are not like this physician:

http://www.plweightlossclinic.com/

...advertising on their page that they have an ATM in their waiting area.

Because they only accept cash.

Liz said...

Seems like all he really needs is a lot of strong coffee anyway....Starbucks has walk-in hours.

Pharmd Biker said...

Dear Dr. Grumpy,

I am sorry to inform you, but no one cares about prompt appointments, superior medical care, etc... You need to have the staff be baristas, serve a high quality cup of coffee, and see patients on the side. oh, and do not forget the wifi.

 
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