Speaking of Waiting Rooms

Speaking of Waiting Rooms
Earlier this week, I found myself once again in a doctor’s office waiting room. Looking around, I pondered the number of these rooms I’d been in. Given my near lifetime struggle with fibromyalgia symptoms of one kind or another, that number must be astronomical. My experience has been that most are so similar as to be interchangeable, differing mostly in size. I’ve seen them furnished with as few as two and as many as a hundred hard-plastic or wooden (also hard) chairs. After particularly long waits, I’ve actually listed “waiting room chair” as a contributing factor to the pain I was there to address. The wall décor in these rooms is often what differentiates one from the other. If it’s the office of only one or two doctors, you’re almost certain to find their black-framed credentials in prominent view. If it’s a medical group of three or more, there’s likely to be more variety. I’ve seen some very interesting bulletin boards papered with ads for health-related community events such as yoga sessions, support groups, and meditation classes. Many are things that interest me. I’ve also admired enlarged photos of nature scenes taken on vacations by the doctors I was there to see. I’ve even been treated to the occasional saltwater tropical fish tank. Watching these colorful creatures tops the list of my favorite ways to spend my wait. And I always appreciate a window. Having had no warning of dimming light, it’s downright distressing to arrive at a winter’s appointment in the bright sun — only to find it pitch black outside when it’s time to go home. It’s a reminder I’d rather not have of how much of the day was dedicated to my less than good health. I wish they’d get rid of the magazines in these places. Not only
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  1. Marla J Schmucker says:

    I really enjoyed this article. I had just spent an hour waiting at the Rheumatologist today. I was very sick and with vertigo I just couldn’t take it anymore. They failed to tell me the other Dr was not in, so mine was doing double duty. Humor is a good way to deal with are “brain Fog”

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