Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Waiting-room etiquette

Because this is where I spent my day, today, I would like to address a few points concerning waiting-room etiquette:

1. If you have a conversation, please do so quietly.
2. If you are watching a movie on your laptop, please use your ear buds.
3. If you are having a conversation on your cell phone, please do so quietly.
(Or step to a private area so we don't all have to sit there and listen to you yack.)
4. If you are seated in a waiting area, don't sit there and stare at someone as if something is wrong with them. They might be related to the person that is sitting there watching you stare. (You know who you are.)

I sat in the waiting room all day today while my mother had knee replacement surgery. (Story to be continued in a subsequent post.) My dad, brother and sister were there, too. I finished the book I was currently reading. (Book review to follow in a subsequent post.) I read two chapters in another book. I read a portion of
Kelly Rae Roberts book. (My sister was quite impressed, because the hospital gift shop was selling some of her work.) When someone was watching a program on her laptop without the courtesy of wearing ear buds, I got out my ipod nano and put my ear buds into my ears and proceeded to listen to music and then to play a few games. My sister looked across the waiting room and said "are you really listening to something or did you just put those in your ears so we wouldn't talk to you?" (Never occurred to me.) Then when the lady who was rude, left the waiting area, I told my family that I put my ear buds in because the woman was being so rude and playing her laptop for all to hear. Then my family proceeded to make fun of the way that I said "rude."
I was so worried about mother that I didn't sleep well last night. It is an hour and a half each way to and from the hospital. Drove over in thick fog and was flipped off by a driver when I pulled over in front of him when I didn't see him in the fog. Nice start to the day.
Mother was in surgery for two and a half hours and seemed fine when I left the hospital. She seemed a bit dopey, but fine. I am going to toddle off to bed, now, but will tell you more about my mother's knee replacement journey soon. Nighty-night.


ClassyChassy said...

I hope your mom will be fine. My mother had both knees done - one at a time, of course. The first time they knocked her out. But for the second knee, they made a boo boo and she was awake for the entire surgery, although they gave her local anesth. to remove any feeling in her leg while they did the surgery. She recovered quicker from the 2nd surgery, and needed less pain meds after surgery than for the first go-round! She said it was kind of creepy to be awake for surgery, but not half bad, just creepy! Prayers for your mom!!

Nicole said...

Sounds like a rough day. I wish your mom a speedy recovery. My mom was really loopy after her knee surgury and was classifying her animal crackers. Best wishes to you and your family.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

What a horrid day! But, if your Mom comes out fine, and can dance a jig again, maybe...the day of zings, might have been worth it!
Fog, ugh! Waiting rooms with noisy, thoughtless people, double ugh!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I am glad your mom is doing well now!

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