March 31, 2015
I’m bored! Sometimes, I think I must have been insane when I created the “No Appointment Necessary” style of medicine I’ve practiced for the last 31 years. Let me explain.
This morning, the office was a mad house. We were swamped with patients who wanted to see me. Not only did we have a large influx of patients when the door opened, but most of the patients presented with multiple, complex, medical problems. Naturally, everyone wanted to get in and out quickly.
The first problem was that there is only one of me. Jenna comes in at 10 on Tuesday leaving me to see the onslaught. The second problem was that, despite Jenna coming in at 10, many of the patients who were here this am needed to see me. The saving grace this am was that those patients who were here have been seeing me for years and politely waited as I moved from room to room.
Now it’s one in the afternoon and no one is here. Jenna and I have finished our paperwork and are twiddling our thumbs. This part of the day drags on forever. When four pm arrives, the flood gates will open again and those patients who left work early will come in. Life in a walk-in practice can be maddening.
If you are retired or have taken the day off from work to see me, seriously consider coming in between 1:30 and 3:45. I’d much rather be caring for your needs than twiddling my thumbs or writing another article!