Well, our internet has been spotty, at best, lately. I have a couple of things to share from the past couple of weeks. Two things happened to me that have never happened before and I hope never happen again.
First, I was hit on……..by a woman. Some may dispute this and indeed I, too, have tried. Here are the events in no particular order: she looked into my eyes numerous times, giggled at everything, complimented my style of scrubs (effusively) – I mean, it’s scrubs, and when I asked her if she had any questions before the Dr. came in, she pointed to a picture and said, “Is that your dog?” It was implied and I think quite clear that I was asking about dental questions. Coincidence? Perhaps, but there is no denying that I never want to see that patient again. She made me very uncomfortable. Giggle, giggle. :)
Second and perhaps most disturbing and yet strangely touching, a patient came in and told me that she needed to tell me something. I said okay and then was surprised by the following conversation. The interchange went something like this:
Pt: I’m sorry if I was a little strange the last time I was here.
Me: That’s okay. (wracking my brain…I didn’t remember anything unusual)
Pt: You see, I thought you died.
Pt: My co-worker came back to the office after her appointment and said that the girl who cleans teeth had died and I cried for 3 days. I thought it was you but I can’t ever remember your name.
Me: (still a little speechless) Oh! I’m fine; do you mean JulieAnn?
Pt: Is that the other girl?
Me: She worked here a few years ago and was killed by a drunk driver…it was very sad. I went to school with her.
Pt: Did I see her? Did you work with her?
Me: I don’t think you’ve seen her and I actually took her place.
Pt: Well, I thought it was you and I was so upset and thought I should call or come in. That’s why I didn’t come in for awhile. Last time I came, I was so surprised when you came out to get me because I thought you had died. That’s why I was quiet.
Me: (at a complete loss for words and completely not believing I just had this conversation) Well, thank you for caring!
Pt: I’m glad you are okay!
How strange. It really makes you think.