Wednesday, November 01, 2006

its Wednesday morning, I'm at work, for some reason I'm tired, don't you just hate that feeling, when your cozy in bed and really comfortable, not hot not cold just right, and then the blasted alarm goes off, not fair..

well as usual I can never predict what's going to happen at work, it's always an adventure with patients as well as colleagues. There are diffenrent categories of patients, and its always interesting to see them unfold right infront of my very eyes.

there is one particular patient who comes in every week, he's an elderly gentleman, he books an appointment for every wensday at 9:30am, and every wednesday morning when I open up at 8:45 am, I find him waiting for me. He takes a big gulp of air, like he's about to dive under water, and then began his usual stories:

man: hello, I'm sorry bit I wont be able to see the doctor, because my sister in law isn't feeling well and I have to go and visit her.

ever Wednesday its the same, but each excuse varies, sometimes it's his sister in law, other times its his brother, sometimes he has appointments, but without fail he cancels his appointment and books for the following week, as of yet he has not seen the doctor even though he had been registered for years, how amazing is that?

another patient gets really excited when he comes to the Surgery and starts hopping from one foot to the other, really cute actually, cute in that his actions are cute not that he is if you catch my drift.

there is another patient who cries buckets whenever she comes in to see the doctor because she is convinced she is going to be told that she has a life threatening disease and that she will have 2 seconds to live, and each time she goes in she is told that she is amazingly healthy.

there are those who think an emergency appointment is when you get a paper cut whilst reading, or when you get a spot on your face and cant face to see the world or in there case the world seeing them lol.

then there are the ones who come 45 monutes late for there appointments and still expect to be seen, yeh right, there was one time an Iraqi patient was late over an hour, and when I informed him that it's gonna be impossible and that he will have to re-schedule his appointment, he grunts and grumbles, opens his wallet and takes out a 20 pound note and says 'is this what you want, fine take it', and starts to force my hand open !!!!!!

after the initial shock of being bribed in Britain lol, I had to stop myself from laughing, cause he looked to serious and would have thumped me one if I had laughed, so I discreetly took him to the side and informed him that things don't work that way here and if anything he could get into serious trouble if he was caught, to which he said 'do you want more is that it?, unbelievable, no I told him and it took me ages to convince him that I don't want his money and that he would have to abide by the policies, to which he grudgingly accepted.

its a different world at my work, and it always manages to enterain me, so I thought I would share my time at work with you.

any characters at your work place?

19 comments:

The Godfather said...

LOOOL!!!!

The Iraqi offered you more? What a classic!!!! You should've taken it.

white african said...

i know i should have but i had to do what was right because at the end of the day goodness prevails, i feel like i'm quoting something a super hero would say lol...

The Godfather said...

You sound more like my mum and the countless lectures she's always giving me!?!?!?!?

I guess you're right.....hmmmm, I really need to change my sinister, underhanded ways.....NOT!!!!!!!!

Newbie! said...

i work at tns so the less said the better.....

The Godfather said...

What is tns?

Newbie! said...

tns is a market research company that employs a majority of idiots for its staff! think call centre staff and you have the beautiful world of tns...

white african said...

lol newbie, i have most certainly heard about the wonderful world of tns, think of it as gaining stories for your grandchildren

white african said...

oh godfather 'sound more like my mum' you make that sound like a bad thing, im guessing if your mother is like me then she must be a wonderful person mashallah, lol.

The Godfather said...

Why of course....I would never consider my mother anything short of being wonderful.

Ever The Idealist said...

well WA the less said about the colorectal ward and the foriegn objects the better. I have been looking after a patient that insists on giving me tips for things like medication, tea and dressing changes tho...

lostkitty said...

ahh - the wonderful world og the surgery!How I miss it.....ha!
I dont wanna go to work either; its too cold. My bed is lovely warm, and cosy, and I had to work hard to getting it that way! Three blankets and a heater later... its finally just how I like it... why do i have to go??? < cries >

white african said...

ever i think you should share your adventures of the ward, its will be food for though ha ha ha

white african said...

kitty you must go, you wil regret it otherwise, you banana you

NM said...

Since i am not at the nightmare workplace. all that i have is a bunch of really nice ppl so as of yet no funny stories

white african said...

soon nm soon you will join our force

Lebeeya said...

I work at Cosmesurge (a Plastic Surgey Medical Center). People come to do Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeries.

So you could just imagine what kind of people I deal with daily! lol

Anonymous said...

I used to work for a teacher exchange program. They bring about 1800 teachers from all over the world to teach in US schools. Well, anyway, I had just been hired and all of the employees we asked to work at the holiday party being held for the teachers. Well, it was my first event like this and I found myself having to do crowd control, keeping the teachers in the ballroom because the police had been called to investigate an incident down the hallway to the bathroom. Apparently, one of our teachers, I think she was from UK, had gotten drunk, went exploring, and ended up in a crawl space between floors of the hotel. When she slipped and her leg crashed through the ceiling, the gig was up and the police were called. That was quite an initiation. I wondered what I had gotten myself into working with these crazy foreign teachers. LOL but most of them were wonderful people and I loved meeting them.

NATIVE FEMALE said...

The only odd, weird and out of place thing at my workplace would be me attempting to speak arabic (in the spaced out way that you have witnessed WA).

However I like it there because the children always give me something to think about.

Just today..one of the pupils asked me if I had the bloodtest(this was after I took the morning off 4 the bloodtest) to find out if my blood was pure...
:D

white african said...

lebeeya wow sounds ineteresting, you must see the whole 'before and after' look, i could imagine meetimg different characters.

karlyn welcome, what an experience, its so difficult to work with a large amount of people but like you said you can meet such wonderful people that way.

native congrats that you got the all clear with your blood, and glad your enjoying your work sis.

my work place can be so clam and then wham the craziness can hit you out of no where