Medical Advice

I had a doctor’s appointment today . Nothing serious, just a general, run-of-the-mill physical exam. So to get ready for the exam I made sure Number One Son and LittleN had playdates during the appointment. Waiting around in a Dutch doctor’s office is even less fun than waiting in an American one.

I told the mother of LittleE‘s friend (who is Dutch) that I might be a little late in picking him up because of the appointment. I was worried about any sort of delays from earlier in the day trickling down to me. She told me that she used to work in a doctor’s office like the one I went to and said, “You have nothing to worry about. On a Friday, with good weather (like there was today), there will be no one at the office. You will see.”

So I go to the office and the waiting room is empty. The receptionist’s office was closed: lights off and blinds closed. My first thought was that I had been stood-up by the doctor! However the door to the waiting room was open and the light on so I decide to wait around for a few minutes; just to say that I did. Right before I was getting ready to leave, a guy comes out of a side door into the waiting area and there on the other side was the doctor waiting for me to come in. She was there, seeing patients all by herself and the receptionist took the day off.

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