The Unringing Phone


They say they're going to call, in a week, on Thursday. So on Thursday you wait. You don't have to wait at home anymore like people did for most of the 20th century, you take your cell with you and take your waiting with you. On Thursday afternoon you leave a message with a machine. Then you leave a message with a person. Then it's Friday and you call again and leave a message with a person. The weekend is coming up, after all.

The new gyne sounded so sincere when she said she'd call. Today's first message-taker said she'd seen my file on the doctor's desk. The next message-taker said she'd give the doctor a message to call me. And, of course, only the doctor is allowed to tell the patient the biopsy results.

If she'd not going to call me, why doesn't she delegate?

Maybe by not calling she thinks she's conveying the message that the biopsy showed nothing, just as she figured. Up until Thursday I wasn't anxious to hear. Because I knew she would call on Thursday.

Her office closes in 45 minutes.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's worse than high school when you're waiting for That Guy to call.

I had a sizable chunk of myself removed and biopsied, and the doctor said the results would be available in 5-7 days. I waited 8 before following your message-leaving procedure. On Day 9, the doctor called back and said she had received the results via fax, but not the "official" copy. I assured her I didn't need it notarized. Good luck with your results.

Cancer Bitch said...

And I hope that she told you what the faxed results were.
We need to remember that we are PAYING THEM. We are the consumers.
c. bitch