Bad Girl Chats
Have coffee and donuts with Sylvia & Nicole Hollander
Stuck in the waiting room? Tell about it in a comment.
After being kept waiting for close to an hour half naked in a chilly examination room before the doctor finally turned up to spend an abrupt 5 minutes with me, I wrote “Outpatient,” a “revenge-of-the-angry-patient” story that has become one of my most popular stories. It has been reprinted in several litmags and in 3 different anthologies. So far. And it ain’t because I’m a short story superstar like Alice Monroe or Raymond Carver. It’s because so many people are so pissed off at so many docs b/c of all the hours they’ve kept us waiting.
Please send it to me. Thanks N
Ever notice that there are no clocks in the examining rooms? There’s a reason for that.
Oh, thank you, Sylvia and Nicole. What has happened? No, do not ask. Do not ask why. We know. Insurance, the mighty buck. Where has the friendly family doctor gone? Away with the horse carriage. No, I’m not that old but I read novels, stories about those kind men and occasionally, women who cared for generations. And thank you, Roz, for the story “Outpatient”. Yes, revenge truly worthy of …but wait, more waiting, for his other patients!! Maybe she should have made him wait to tee off on his next golf rounds. More thanks.
What is a meltaway and where can I get one?
Almost any ice cream on a stick can become a meltaway if you leave it around long enough, but the usual meltaway is a cookie, and there are a gazillion recipes out there, just look for “meltaway cookies” with your favorite search engine (I like Google) and you’ll find things like this:
with a nice picture and a recipe adapted from Paula Deen, so you know it’s going to have plenty of butter and sugar, how can you go wrong?
Dr. Tom, thank you for the information on Meltaway cookies!
Being from Chicago, I was referring to the Meltaway candies sold at Marshall Fields. No ones trip to Chicago was complete without buying a box of those to take home to friends and family. I believe they are still available at Fanny Mae’s. Probably lots of companies make them….and everyone says they don’t quite measure up to the original,
Our definition of “a long time” has certainly changed. How long do you think it took that doctor to dismiss the patients already waiting, pack his bag, harness his horse, and drive the couple of miles to the house where the anxious patient was waiting? I’d guess at least a half an hour, if not a lot longer. Horses don’t travel all that fast, especially not when hitched up. (Oh, and I forgot – there were no telephones, so first someone had to ride to town to ask him to come.)
I have walked out on many a doctor’s appointment after being left to wait for too long. Maybe someday I will get some patience..maybe not.
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