Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Okay, that's a good excuse

My 9:15 yesterday, Mrs. Plum, didn't show up for her appointment. This surprised me, as she hasn't missed an appointment in the 5 years I've been caring for her. Mary had even confirmed her on Monday.

This was unexpected enough that I kept bugging Mary, asking her if Mrs. Plum had come in yet. Finally she just said "No! She's not here! I'd tell you if she's here! Maybe she's in a coma!"

I felt bad about irritating Mary, so apologized and went on to my next group of patients.

About an hour later Mary came back to tell me the ER was on the phone, so I picked up.

Dr. Grumpy: "This is Dr. Grumpy."

Dr. ER: "Yeah, I have a patient of yours here, Frieda Plum. Her husband couldn't wake her up this morning, and it looks like she's in a coma..."

I need to be REALLY nice to Mary. She has terrible powers.

22 comments:

Something Different said...

Can you have Mary proclaim that I'm in love and getting married to the man of my dreams? And that I won the lottery?
Thanks. :-)

laughingmom said...

I think you had better give Mary a raise!

Anonymous said...

What did Mary say when you told her Mrs. Plum was in fact in a coma? And I hope Mrs. Plum will be ok.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

She denied responsibility.

Animal said...

I bet Mary feels horribly for jinxing Mrs. Plum.

Old MD Girl said...

If Mary is a witch, are you a warlock?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I prefer the title "Master Wizard of the Neurological Arts".

We don't have a lion or wardrobe in the office. Yet.

Not House said...

"Master Wizard of the Neurological Arts". Haha, I like that. Does that make Mary your apprentice?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Mary is the "Supreme Guardian of the Castle Gate".

Anonymous said...

So...how many times have your readers suggested that Mary get a raise?

Packer said...

I subscribe to the theory that you can send out an energy and often times it comes around. Affirmations and positive thinking work along the same line as does negative thinking. People are far more sensitive to the vibe. You were sensitive to it and voiced it, you just could not wrap around it, Mary was too. That is why I try and tell my family don't go saying stupid things like my wifes comment the other day : How's it going with the IRS ? The lien arrived yesterday--no lie.

pharmacy chick said...

AND all I thought you did was clean the fish tank!
Supreme Wiz indeed!

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I do that, too. Ed is the apprentice.

Anonymous said...

@Packer: My wife and I have lost count of the number of times that we've commented that something hasn't occurred or arrived and sure enough it occurs/arrives within the next 24 hours.

The Merry said...

Never mess with a Mary.

Kat's Kats said...

You know the old saying, the only excuse for not being here is being dead? At least her excuse wasn't quite that dire. Here's hoping she comes out of the coma soon with all faculties intact!

me said...

I agree with Animal ~ bet Mary feels bad! Hope Mrs. Plum does OK ~

Anonymous said...

I hate to be a wet blanket but how many times has Mary said something and it didn't turn out to be true?

We only notice when coincidences happen not when they don't.

kate said...

Tell Mary to yell something about me winning the Lotto.

Packer said...

anonymous@1:21 : We knew someone was going to say that.

And apparently your auditing did not go well, as L. Ron Hubbard would say.

I always tell my kids to avoid shadenfreude for that very reason, for it can backfire on you if the object of your guilty pleasure is not truly deserving.


Oh, there is a world out there unknown by the medical community.

Anonymous said...

Packer: in 1992, my husband and I went to the movies. On the way back (to my Mom's house to pick up the kids) I said, "it's funny how you don't see deer so much anymore".

Guess what we hit on the way home.

It's still a coincidence ;-)

The Mother said...

Maybe it's not really a coma, and if you can find the voodoo doll you can reverse the spell?

 
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