Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Today was my Monday

Today I went to a doctor that I only see once a year. When the automatic call came, “A member of your family has an appointment May 25th at 10:30 AM and the doctor has moved since your last visit. He is located at 111 So 11th Ave. To confirm this appointment, please press one. I’m frantically trying to find a pen and paper to write down the new address, and she wants me to press one. I unwittingly picked up the remote control and kept pressing one and she kept going on about not understanding my response. I finally realized I was changing channels on the TV. I finally pressed the one on the phone so she would shut up. Now what did she say that address was.  I think it was 111 So 11th Ave.
So today I go to the doctor and left a half-hour early in case I had trouble finding it. It was raining and wipers are going back and forth and I’m squinting trying to read the signs and numbers on the buildings, and watching my rear view mirror to make sure I’m not holding anybody up. I can’t find it. Thank goodness I left a half-hour early. I finally gave up and found a place to park. I had one of their cards in my purse and had the phone number so I called the place. She said, It is in the big tall building by the hospital and we are on third floor. I finally found it, and walk over to the elevator and it only has two floors.  I noticed an office on the first floor so I went in there and asked if she knew where this doctors office is.
She said, “Yes, it’s on the third floor”. And I said, “ Your elevator only goes up to the second floor”. She said, “Pardon me”?  I said, “I mean this building only has two floors”. She said, “This side only has two floors, but the other side has three floors”. I am thinking that I have to go drive around the building and find another parking place. I guess she read my mind because she said, “You can get there from here, just go through those big doors and go through that hall and then through those doors and you will see the elevators.” I got through the door and down the hall and through the other big doors and up the elevator and now where is it. There are no names on the doors. I go through a door and people are in the waiting area and I ask if anybody knows where Dr. T. office is. A lady said I was in the right place. It was 10:30.  And I sat down by the lady and told her what I had gone through trying to find it and she said she had just gone through the very same thing. She was as exasperated as I was. We discussed it extensively. Now I’m not feeling quite so dumb. I waited for 45 minutes before the nurse called me in. I told her about my trouble finding the place and she said, “You know everybody tells me they have trouble finding it. I told her they need to put a big neon sign out there that says, “THIS IS THE PLACE” She said they had just moved in and they are working on what to do about the problem. Now I have to go every 6 months and get a shot. I hope I remember how to find it.