I like to think that there’s a general understanding in doctor’s office waiting rooms that each person there is probably going through their own struggle. I think should try our best to respect each other’s space, privacy, and peace of mind. That being said, I have had some odd interactions in doctor’s offices. Part of me wonders if this is a generational thing, or if I’m the weird one- but then again, some of these people are just plain weird. I thought I would briefly write about some of my experiences and see what y’all think.
The Nosy Nelly
I tend to keep to myself at doctor’s offices, but at the same time I don’t want to be rude. If someone starts a conversation with me about the sports team I’m wearing a shirt to support, or the weather outside, I am more than happy to engage in polite small-talk. What I’m not a fan of, however, is explaining the details of my diagnosis, my medical history, and the reason for my visit to, a complete stranger. I’m a child of the ’90s, so I learned aaaall about stranger danger and the importance of protecting your personal information. I don’t like giving out information about myself to people I don’t know, especially my private medical information. HIPAA laws exist for a reason people! Our personal and private medical information should remain that, way in my opinion. So I appreciate the thought, but I would rather not talk about “why I’m here”. To be honest, I just needed to vent in this post!
Now, I have a loud voice. My sister and I both speak loudly and quickly, so we constantly have to remind each other “you’re screaming“-especially when we get excited! However, in places like doctor’s offices, ER waiting rooms, etc., I tend to be hyper aware of the sound of my voice. Especially since I struggle from phonophobia when I have a migraine attack.
What I am speaking about specifically, is loud receptionists. When they are reciting your personal information to check you in, or discussing your symptoms, I think they should take care to speak at a respectful volume. I think sometimes, people have trouble with their hearing, so they might not realize that they just announced your social security number to the entire office, but I tend to find it particularly irritating.
The Just Plain Oblivious
This one flat out annoys the crap out of me. I am a pro at doctor’s offices, ERs, etc. I know that a lot of the time you’re there for the long haul, and I like to come prepared. However it seems like I am often in the minority. Just a few things I have experienced: A woman next to me playing a phone game with the sound on full blast- monotonous music, horrendous sound effects and all, a woman face-timing a friend who discussed her new pair of shoes and the layout of her newly renovated sitting room, and a man blasting his new favorite song in an ER waiting room, obviously all with no headphones in sight.
Personally, I go through the effort to make sure the sound on my phone is on silent, and that I have headphones in my purse at all times. If you’re in an ER waiting room, it’s safe to assume that at least half of the people there are likely in a lot of pain, and are probably miserable. I don’t think it is that much to ask that you bring a pair of headphones, or play your game with the sound off?
How do you act in a doctor’s office? Do you guys have any specific pet peeves you want to vent about? Let me know in the comments below!