Friday, July 8, 2011

Concern

Mrs. Regan-Goneril: "Hello?"

Dr. Grumpy: "Hi, Mrs. Regan-Goneril, this is Dr. Grumpy, the neurologist taking care of your mom. We met last night at the hospital. I wanted to update you on her condition, as things have changed in the last few hours, and..."

Mrs. Regan-Goneril: "I'm at the salon. Just tell me in one word what is wrong with my mother, because I'm busy and they haven't even done my nails yet."

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the King Lear reference.

Packer said...

One word: Daughter

Eileen said...

Another word: mother (not the cat, she'd probably have listened better if it had been). Gah!

Anonymous said...

What was the one word? I mean how can one say everything in one word unless it was 'dead' or 'alive'?

Anonymous said...

I don't get how people are so rude to doctors nowadays. If people are going to be rude to a doctor, of all people, just who would they be on good mannerly terms with?

thatsit said...

Dial tone.

I swear, even if she hates her Mother, at least she could be polite to the doctor.

Deb said...

Wow. I am floored by her completely self-absorbed comments and lack of any compassion for her mother, regardless of their relationship. Sad.

Anonymous said...

What do you want to bet that if her mother dies, salon-girl will milk the grieving daughter role for all it's worth?

ERP said...

You are presuming the Mother has a Kingdom. Well, maybe she has a nice Plasma screen and a few end tables.

Hildy said...

So when you met at the hospital, she *seemed* concerned and even gave you her phone# so you could keep her updated? Yet, next day she doesn't give a crap? (OTOH, I'm impressed that you kept your cool rather than reach through the phone and strangle her.)

bobbie said...

And you responded with???

Mal said...

Worse/vegetable/dying/improving?

I would have said "Expensive" and hung up.

John Valenty said...

Well no wonder your name is Dr. Grumpy!

Cthulhu Sashimi said...

"I've gotta look good for the funeral."

Jon said...

I sure hope there is a Cordelia in the mix.

terri c said...

I would have been tempted to say "dead" or "dying" and hang up. But then, I'm bad.

wv:singed, which proves I am bad!

RehabNurse said...

Sorry.I'd have been economical, hung up and called back later.

That kind of response is uncalled for.

I would have had a hard time not thinking of a really good word like "dying" "sick" "flatlining" "unresponsive" just to get said daughter away from the manicurist and pay attention.

Disgusting...

Moose said...

Self absorbed people are self absorbed.

Repetitive moose is repetitive.

These are not the droids you're looking for.

Wait, what?

Anonymous said...

Had a patient bitch out my nurse this morning because she never got her results. Of course, last week when we called with said results, she told the nurse to stop bothering her and hung up on her. Can't have it both ways, lady.

Not House said...

As flys are to boys as we are to wonton patients; they irritate us for the sport.

PA Honeybee said...

So her response is pertinent to what exactly? What she is doing has nothing to do with your call so she needs to zip it, be polite, and not be a bitch. That is at least, what I would do; but to me family is more important than getting my hair/nails done.

I am dying to know if you indulged her a one-word response or if you went off on her and told her in detail. I would have done the latter in a very irritated, don't mess with me you selfish bitch voice. :0)
(Bats eyelashes, broad smile)

Watercolor said...

wow

Anonymous said...

"Unloved." Unless there's a single word that covers "I thought she was a nice lady but if she raised a pit viper like you damn I may have read her wrong..."

Anonymous said...

"Tell you what, just come back to the hospital when you aren't so busy." Click.

Anonymous said...

"How sharper than a serpent's tooth
Will my nails be when they've been filed and polished."

Anonymous said...

For another suggestion of one word, how about "Disowning"? That might get the daughters attention.

ER Murse said...

I would have said 'dead' and then hung up. She can call back and get the details after her manicure...

 
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