Tuesday, May 22, 2007

So, I Was Thinking . . .



I like to read. I’ll read anything you stick in front of me–it doesn’t really matter what. I think I’ve told you before that I can’t just sit around and watch TV; I have to be doing something else as well, like quilting. It’s the same thing with reading. I can’t just sit and eat a bowl of cereal; I need to have the cereal box to read. Or maybe a newspaper if I’m going to be sitting around for awhile. And if the whole missing-kids-on-milk-cartons thing is any indication, I’m not alone.

So then why, when we visit our dentists and Ob/Gyns, do we have to look up at cute posters on the ceiling? Why not tack something up there of more substance; something to take our minds off what else is really going on? Sure, puppies and daisies are sweet, and once upon a time, when we first saw them, we all probably said, “Awwwww, how cute!,” but I’m not 12 years old anymore. So I have to wonder when I lay back on the exam table and see a poster of a kitten doing chin ups on a tree limb with the words, “Hang in There!”, is this some kind of warning that I can look forward to a cold speculum?

What I’d really like to see are the pages of the Connecting Threads catalogue. Yes, I know that might not interest everyone, so I’d settle for the weekly Macy’s ad. Or even the newspaper inserts of the local grocery store ads–I could plan my week’s menu and grocery list at the same time. Multi-tasking.

And mammograms? What if the radiologist posted a great shoe sale ad on the back wall, printed just small enough so that we actually WANTED to lean into the darn machine to get a better look?

If any of you is a doctor or a dentist, works for a doctor or a dentist, or knows a doctor or dentist, please suggest to them that they give us something better to occupy ourselves with while they do whatever it is they feel they need to do to us. Cute posters just don’t cut it. And dentists who want to ask questions while our mouths are full of fingers and equipment? Well, don’t get me started . . . .

5 comments:

Patti said...

You are such a delightful writer - your blog always brings a smile to my face. Love the flowerpot "lady" - how unusual!!!! Your husband is nothing if not creative, right? A jean cover for his chair - sounds like a good idea. Glad the slump is a thing of the past!

Darlene said...

Well, now you've hit the nail on the head.

The first time I went to a female gyn I was pleasantly surprised to lay back and find Playgirl's men of the year.

YankeeQuilter said...

My personal worst is the MRI machines where they put the helmet on you and ask you to stay still...for the spine one it takes almost 20 mintues! With all the technology isn't there something they could do to keep it even mildly interesting? I found myself reciting all the poems the nuns made me memorize in elementary school just to keep my sanity! Like you I can't even just watch TV...

The Chicken Lady said...

Hey, great ideas!! I especially like the mammogram one. I have to get one soon! urgh. Oh well. I'll have to suggest it to the doc when I see her! :)

Michelle said...

I'm the same way with reading and watching TV. So what a great idea!