Life in a Waiting Room

Life in a Waiting Room

It seems like I spend half of my life in the waiting room to see one doctor or another. People come and go without much chatter or eye contact. Everyone is simply waiting on their turn to be seen. Some days this wait is easier than other days; it all depends on the pain level that particular day. On the days that the pain is not too bad and I do not have somebody attending the appointment with me, I have tried to make small talk with others in the waiting room but most of the time it does not work out well. While the South is known for being friendly, it seems to not include the waiting room of a doctor’s office.

Preparing for an appointment

For the amount of time you spend in the waiting room, once you get to see the doctor, they tend to be in a hurry to move on to the next patient. I have learned to make a list of concerns and questions that I want to go over with the doctor. This helps me remember what all I want to discuss so I do not get home and realize I forgot to ask half of what I needed to discuss. Normally I will double check my list with a friend or family member to see if there is anything they think I should ask about that I missed. I also make sure that my cell phone is completely charged. While this may seem silly, it can help entertain me during my wait and also allows me to update whoever is not with me but wants to know what was said or done at the appointment. I also use my phone calendar when scheduling the follow up appointment before I leave the office.

Surviving the wait

So while I am sitting in the waiting room, I give the list of questions & concerns one final look over and contemplate one last time if there is anything else I may need to add to the list. In addition to this list, there are several other things I make sure to include in my trip to the doctor’s office. My number one thing is cold water, either in a bottle or in a Yeti cup. I know I drink a lot of water compared to most, but it is very important to stay hydrated, especially if you currently have a migraine. In my experience, even most offices that have a sign about no food or drink in the waiting area do not seem to mind a bottle of water. Plus most doctors like to see you are drinking water compared to a Coke or something along those lines. I also bring something to help pass the time. This can be my bill calendar and bills or even just a book to read. I have also been known to go through my emails on my phone, make a grocery list, or a to-do list for the rest of the day or weekend. Another idea is to catch up with a loved one via text messages. Sometimes we can lose ourselves in all of our pain and forget to reach out to friends or family members. So if you owe somebody a check-in, now is the perfect time to do it since you are out of the house and functioning anyhow.

The time passes a little faster if you have something to entertain yourself with while you are waiting. Provided you do not feel too bad, this time spent waiting on the doctor can end up being semi productive for you as well.

What do you do to pass the time you spend in the waiting room?

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