Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tuesday morning, 2:17 a.m.

Dr. Grumpy: "This is Dr. Grumpy, returning a page."

Mrs. Batter: "Oh, Dr. Grumpy, I'm glad you're still up."

Dr. Grumpy: "I'm not. What can I do for you?"

Mrs. Batter: "I feel so terrible."

Dr. Grumpy: "What's wrong?"

Mrs. Batter: "I'm just torn up about your talk."

Dr. Grumpy: "The talk I gave last night at the hospital? Why, what did I say?"

Mrs. Batter: "It's not you doctor. I just... I, I, I wasn't there!" (starts crying)

Dr. Grumpy: "Okay... And you called me because...?"

Mrs. Batter: "I feel awful. My husband and I were planning on coming to it, but then he got tickets to last night's baseball game from his friend Ed, so we went to that instead. You remember Ed? I think he sees you for his foot problem. And now I can't sleep because I feel so awful about not going to your talk, because I knew you'd be offended that I wasn't there."

Dr. Grumpy: "It's okay Mrs. Batter. I'm not offended. The local Stroke Association chapter had announced the talk, so there was a decent turn-out."

Mrs. Batter: "You didn't even notice I wasn't there, did you?" (starts crying louder, hangs up).

15 comments:

peace said...

*rell-locating my jaw *
Cool story doc, cool story!



The bright side is, there are some patients who still look to the thier doc as fathers...

Momcat said...

No! This doesn't happen in real life...does it?

Moose said...

I really do not understand people who think the universe rotates around them, because it should be very clear to everyone that the universe rotates around ME.

Sheesh. The nerve of some people!

Bettyyy said...

Well, look on the bright side...

ok, nevermind. I've got nothing.

Medic2RN said...

You should call her during normal daytime hours to follow up that call. She's going to continue thinking about this and call you again at 0217 really pissed that you didn't notice her absence.
You don't think she's going to let this one go, do you?

Packer said...

Another reminder that life is tough on some people requiring the rest of us to be kinder. As I enter my sentimental 60s I find myself feeling for people like her. Going soft I guess.

Footie said...

Mrs. Blatter: "But I called my family doctor first and he was sure you'd want to know how sorry I was, even though it was late!"

Just Me said...

menopause or depression or both...

Li'l Azathoth said...

"At least the baseball team cared enough to notice that I was there. Or did they? Of course they did. Still, it wouldn't hurt to call them all to make sure..."

Anonymous said...

Holy transference, batman!

Anonymous said...

keep the pet rabbits safe...

Mad Jack said...

It's the middle of May. How many times have you changed your phone number this year, and how did this screwball get hold of it?

Anonymous said...

Borderline personality disorder?

Anonymous said...

sounds like she has a humungous crush on you, doc.

Anonymous said...

How did she get past your after hours screening?

 
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