THE PEOPLE YOU SEE AT THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE



Last night found me at our pediatrician's office after hours with one of my little ones. Being that it's January, we weren't the only ones there. As we waited to be seen, I found the comings and goings of the other parents and children there to be a fair representation of the people you typically see at the doctor's office.

THE OUTSIDER

This person prefers to sit along the wall, away from the close quarters of the middle section. They typically find a spot to sit that allows them the least amount of contact with anyone who might be sick- that is, if they choose to sit at all.

The Outsider will often stand, holding their child to keep them from running around, touching toys, or getting coughed on. It should be noted, that keeping one's child close is done as a courtesy to others waiting, particularly if the kid is sneezing, snotty, or coughing, and is not limited to The Outsider.

THE GERM AVOIDER

This isn't the person using the sanitizer at the front desk after checking in. This would be the person who brings their own pen to check in with; they also bring their own hand sanitizer. They might sit along the wall like the outsider, but only because they know they will be washing their clothes once they get home. You know, since they touched the chair that might be covered in at least one communicable disease.

You will not see this person's children playing with toys, hanging out at the fishtank, or eating anything while waiting.

THE GERM SPREADER

Exactly the opposite of The Germ Avoider. They either didn't see the masks at the check in desk with a sign that clearly states to wear if coughing, or they just don't care. Both the parent and child are coughing, and usually hanging out at the fish tank or thumbing through a magazine respectively, while wiping their nose with their hand. Whether or not they notice that they're practicing unsanitary behavior, or just don't care is up in the air as the germs from their uncovered coughs.

THE CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT

The nurse has been calling this person's name repeatedly, but they are nowhere to be found. Everyone in the waiting room is looking for them with equally confused faces.

THE CONTAGIOUS ONE

They are very contagious, though not covered in a rash that would qualify them for quick admittance through the back door, therefore relegating them to sit with the potentially ill. Sadly, The Contagious One is usually the friendliest one.

THE LIAR

Can someone please tell the child of The Liar that yes, they are actually going to get a shot, and yes, it will hurt?

THE BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY

No sign of a sick kid, just a slightly anxious looking parent who might have come in on the recommendation of WebMD. Over the span of their time in the waiting room, the anxiety deepens as the parent realizes their child might not have been sick before they came, but the likelihood of them picking something up while here is high.


THE ONE WHO'S MISSING SCHOOL

Seen during the day, for obvious reasons, the tween-to-teenaged child is wearing sweats and an expression that makes you wonder if they are really sick or had their bluff called. Have kids not seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off. If you're going to fake sick, you've got to do it right.

THE ONE WHO'S MISSING EVERYTHING ELSE

If they weren't on their phone when they came in, they're on it shortly after sitting down. I'm not holding the need to make calls against them, I just wonder if they realize 10-15 people know what they need to catch up on at work, who their child is hanging out with, what needs to be picked up for dinner, and what their plans are for the weekend provided someone doesn't cancel on them, again.

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