Good Thing the Doctor was Late!
Posted by Epiphany
Last week Michael took off early for a doctor appointment with a new physician. He was excited; he had been struggling with a mysterious throat congestion for some time and was anxious to figure out the cause of it.
He showed up early and waited patiently… but after 30 minutes I began getting text messages from him threatening to leave because the wait time was becoming ridiculous. At 45 minutes I got a message saying that the staff told him it would be 5 more minutes until they could put him in the “room” – which he knew meant another round of waiting.
He lost it and walked out. But not before giving the receptionist a detailed lecture on time excellence, customer service and how to run a business. He promptly drove home and began drafting a letter to the physician which would include a bill for the time he spent waiting and the $3.00 parking fee. He meant business.
As he angrily banged out the letter, I mentioned the power of social media… Businesses live and die by their online social media ratings, I said. So he pulled up a few rating sites for physicians and went to town there too.
But a few minutes into it, he paused.
There were a few reviews on the doctor and one of them stopped Michael in his tracks. A woman had written that while the doctor had been very kind, she questioned his skills as a physician. Her husband had gone to him several times with the same issue and the doctor dismissed his complaints each time. They finally saw a second doctor who immediately identified the root of the issue – it was cancer.
Michael “got it” right away. It was a blessing that the doctor was late. What if Michael had his visit as scheduled and the doctor missed something critical? What if he was in the early stages of a serious condition and the doctor dismissed it?
We don’t know how this story ends; he hasn’t identified his new doctor yet. I share it because that one little insight dramatically shifted how Michael ultimately perceived what was initially a bad experience. But he senses that angels were with him that day, protecting him and redirecting him for his highest good.
Out of principle, he sent the doctor a bill. And out of wisdom, he gratefully accepted this blessing and is following the nudges to find a new doctor. We have faith that he will be guided to the perfect doctor for exactly what he needs.
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Posted on October 7, 2013, in Life and tagged blessing, Business, doctor, doctor appointment, Health care, late, patient, Physician, Social media, Waiting room, what to do if your doctor is late. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.