But what was most interesting was the waiting room. Even though I am now fifty years old, I was the youngest patient there. So many foot injuries! Here are some things I observed:
1. The world's most patient nurse. You know, that wasn't an intentional pun. But it could be the title of a new show this Fall on CBS: The Patient Nurse. She's the best nurse out there, but she's dying of an incurable disease. So when she's not looking after you, she's checking herself in. Coming September, some young actress is The Patient Nurse.
Shit, I went off on a tangent, sorry. Let me start again.
1. The world's most patient nurse. One patient, who brought his entire family, apparently had to get the fuck away from them, & went missing. When he was called, his wife (maybe mother) had to call him to say "they're ready for you." But he took like five minutes to get back. & the whole time, the nurse stood placidly at the intake door, holding a folder, smiling & staring off into space. She really didn't move until he showed up. It was like watching something in slow motion.
2. Blabbermouth. One guy, sitting across from his wife (maybe mother, but probably not) who was in a wheelchair-like contraption with her leg supported at a right angle to her body, he kept talking to her in a very thick Southern accent & she did not appear to be listening. At one point, he just started saying, "Doop doop doop doop" to the same non-reaction. He began to chew on his finger & she sprung into action, pulling out a nail file & taking care of his fingernail situation. I lost track of them because of...
3. Forgetful elderly gentleman. Also, somewhat hard of hearing. This nice old man made repeated but slow & deliberate trips to the front desk as he was filling out paperwork. He got the clipboard, went back to his seat, then realized he didn't have a pen, rose to get a pen, almost left the clipboard at the desk, made it back to his seat, filled it out to the best of his ability (I presume), returned it, went back to seat, was called back as he was returning to give an ID & an insurance cared, went back to give one, was called back because he forgot the other (the receptionist or nurse calling him back was very loud because he was nearly deaf, it appeared), & finally was able to sit until it was his time to see the doctor. If you had a video of a turtle walking in circles, stopping occasionally for no discernible reason, you might get a sense of how mesmerizing this process is.
4. Guy who read something about politics in a copy of Vogue & needed to talk to his wife about it. Boy, was he disgusted. I'm not sure what. Several things. Lots of things.
As for me, like I said, my feet are okay. I got a big ol' bone spur & flat feet. I hope to continue walking into my old age, so I'm glad I went. I didn't get orthotics. I wasn't hoping for it, but when the podiatrist said orthotics wouldn't help my feet, I was a little disappointed.