I called the clinic here in town and asked about getting a new doc. I also asked who, if any, were taking on new patients. I was told 3 are currently taking on new patients, 2 of which are female, 1 a male. The receptionist then asked me if I preferred male or female, and I said female. So far so good, and perfectly normal.
The receptionist then asked me if I had any patients. Hmmm, I’m thinkin’ I need a new doc, that would make me a patient, doctor’s have patients, patients don’t have patients. Instead of smartassing her about that though, I decided to ask what exactly she meant by my having patients. Her reply, “You need to have patients for this one doctor that’s available, but not so much for the other one.” No clarification on why I need patients yet, but I remained polite and asked why I would need patients in order to see the one doctor? Finally clarification, it seems that this particular doctor is very thorough and not prone to paying attention to the clock, therefore, I would need patience, not patients, pronunciation is so important :D. Well, that’s nothing new for me, I’m used to doctor’s thinking that a patients time is meaningless where as theirs is incredibly valuable. So, I made an appointment with her. Yep, I chose to take an appointment with a doctor who’s almost guaranteed to make me wait anywhere from half an hour to 2 hours after my actual allotted time scheduled.
You may be right, I may be crazy
But it just may be a lunatic you're looking for
Turn out the light, don't try to save me
You may be wrong for all I know, but you may be right
Sorry, I got a little carried away! As I was saying, you may be right, I may be crazy, but damn-it, I want a doc who will be thorough and not rush me through an appointment with less than half the info needed to make an informed decision in regards to my health care. That to me is very important, granted, not wasting my time is as well, I just hope she is all she’s cracked up to be, but only time will tell!
And yes, I know you've all been sitting there and practicing the difference between the sounds of patients and patience!