What do you do when a doctor is panicking at the doctor’s clinic? Ask him if he needs a doctor
Bree never ceases to amaze me….
Recently, I had to go to the doctors to get some forms filled out. Personally, I think the system can work a little more efficiently if doctors do what they are supposed to do, rather than fill out paperwork required from bureaucrats. But anyway, I don’t make the rules.
My usual doctor is very busy and trying to get a last-minute appointment with him is like winning the lottery. On this particular day, I was able to see a new doctor who had recently moved to the area from India. The receptionist assured me that he was very friendly, and he would attend to any forms needed.
On the day of the appointment, I sat in the waiting room and in comes my mother-in-law. We sat together, talking about family related things. About ten minutes later, a small man called out my name. Assuming it was the doctor, Bree and I proceeded to follow him. He seemed to walk very quickly, looking not at me but at Bree. He opened a door and asked us to go in. We went in and he shut the door. Bree and I were the only ones in the room. Where the hell did the doctor go?
Bree and I were in the room for about twenty minutes. I was a little confused, wondering if he had an emergency or forgotten us. Eventually, he came back in but walked to his desk and watching Bree quite closely. He sat down at his desk, not even looking at me, filled out the forms and nervously gave it back to me. The whole time, he didn’t look at me, and at times was making covert looks at Bree.
Eventually, he asked if there was anything else. Before I responded, he said “Thank you Paul, see you later.” As I left the office and walked into the waiting room, my mother-in-law was waiting for me. She told me that the doctor had a receptionist comforting him, saying “It’s only a guide dog. It’s not aggressive. It won’t bite you.”
I found out later that the doctor in question had a terrible experience with a dog when he was young. Sadly, he left the doctor’s clinic a few months after the incident. I now ask any doctor before sitting down for a consultation if they have any problems with dogs.
So, what did I learn?
Nothing really, other than I have a very scary guide dog who would likely lick you to death than bite you.