Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology - All articles and poems are by Reza Ghadimi, unless otherwise noted.
In the face of all the calamities in the world today, I thought that we could use a bit of humor. So this is just in time, as this week is "International Laugh at Work Week"
I will leave you to yourself to work this out. Think back to your career and recall some funny moments in your practice. Having to deal with the public on a daily basis does create some interesting times. I am sure many were humorous. Use those recollections to brighten up your day.
I recall one busy Monday morning, when a new patient showed up at our orthopaedic practice with a broken arm. At check in, our busy receptionist - out of habit - asked; "do you have an appointment sir?" to which the irate patient snapped back, "No, I forgot to make an appointment before I broke my arm."
A colleague happened to be coming into the office at the time and witnessed the exchange. He calmed the scene by making light of the question, and loudly said: "Next time sir, please call us first, we may be able to break your arm much better than you can. After all, we are specialists, you know!" His statement caused a big laughter throughout the waiting room and put everyone at ease.
Google "Humor in Medicine" and you will get a site full of cartoons and jokes. Here is a tip for a rewarding practice; "Make every patient smile before he or she leaves your office."