Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday night, 9:25 p.m.

"Hi, I have an appointment with Dr. Grumpy tomorrow at 11:15, and I need to know if that's 11:15 our time? Or is that 11:15 in another time zone? I really want to be there, so need to know if it's local time or not. Thank you."


Doris said...

11:15 Greenwich meantime, right?

A.m or p.m., though. now that's a mystery.


Anonymous said...

You will need to take the sign down that says if you are stupid and have no common sense please see another doctor.

I swear you seem to get every single nut. Honestly, what is your ratio of normal to abnormal?

I mean I live in one time zone and I have a doctor that is not only out of state but in a different time zone but I have enough of a brain to know that if my appointment is at 1:00 it's 1:00 there time not my time.

Dear G-d, Grumpy, you have the patience of a Saint.

How long are your appointments? My neuro sees patients for 30 minutes new patients 45-60. My appointments always end up an hour. He spends an hour with me every time he sees me. What does that say about me? And I come in prepared. Med list updated, typed, and printed for him, question written down, etc. And we still need an hour.

Crack open a DC and try to have a good day in your time zone of choice.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

New patients are always 1 hour.

I do 3 follow-ups per hour, though sometimes budget more time depending on the patient and what is being discussed.

Karen W said...

Are you kidding? Seriously.

Now I've heard it all.

Um, is my appointment based upon the Mayan calendar or the Lunar calendar or the Roman, or how about the esoteric Tribble dadeee calendar that I just made up? So if you say I should come in on May 3, how will I know what day?

Never mind about time zones! Oh, this is all too stressful and confusing.


Grumpy, M.D. said...

Karen W- be careful when you say "Now I've heard it all."

In my experience that's an invitation for some idiot to come prove you wrong.

It happens to me everyday.

Kat's Kats said...

Dr. Grumpy,


skidmark said...

Why do patients come to see Dr. Grumpy? Because something in their head hurts - probably because it is not working properly.

My grandfather had a way of making things work properly when they went all cattywhompus on him - he'd feel around on the sides & top of the thing, trying to find just the right spot. When he found that spot, he'd give it a smart whack with the flat of his hand. If that did not work he'd get something to hold in his hand (metal ruler, hammer, length of board) and whack at it again.

Either the thing commenced to working properly or became so utterly non-working that it required replacement.

I know you have considered this system in the past. What I want to know is why you rejected it.

stay safe.

wv = endbu. New software for ending stuff.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Oh, believe me, I consider that system everyday.

Li'l Azathoth said...

"Also, I need to know if Dr. Grumpy will be seeing me, or a different guy who has the same name as mine."

bb said...

Traveling across time zones would probably not be in her best interest :)

Anonymous said...

I think that question was on my boards:
Abraham is a type 1 diabetic who takes NPH insulin with breakfast; he flies from New York to Seattle for business. How much insulin should he take with his dinner?

terri c said...

I wonder if your caller has an anxiety disorder... I mean, I am good at catastrophic thinking, but this person has me beat by miles!

Anonymous said...

I was sitting drinking coffee one winter morning at 6:30 wondering if I couldn't hear the "test" tone from my IDE over the ringing in my ears when it dawned on me that it was installed during daylight savings time.
Since I forget to listen anyhow it doesn't matter.

Anonymous said...

Nope. Its for 11:15 China time.

Here's your sign.

Unknown said...

...............oh god.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if this applies in this case, but imagine living near the border of a time zone.

Parts of Indiana are in Central Time Zone and parts are in Eastern.

But I think those the face this situation would be able to deal with it.

Anonymous said...

That is actually the funniest thing I've read all day. Thanks.

student dr. blaze said...

Do you live somewhere near that one county in the midwest that refuses to go on daylight savings time? Because that'd be the only rational reason for such a consideration. I imagine the people in that area must be really, really confused....

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