I had a dermatologist appointment at 2:45. To have some more laser treatment done on the port-wine stain birthmark on my forehead.
After about 15 minutes (which brings us to 3:00, if you're keeping track), I was called into one of the patient rooms.
I played BrickBreaker on my Blackberry. I twittered some more. I took dorky pictures of myself wearing the protective eyewear (laser can apparently scorch your eyeballs, yo) and before I knew it, a frigging HOUR had passed. Which brings us to 3:45.
And no sign of a medical professional anywhere.
So I complained. On twitter.
They had me by the balls. I had already wasted over an hour waiting there. I had left work early for this appointment. I certainly didn't want to reschedule. That was my rationale for staying.
Finally, after about 95 MINUTES, I opened the door. And stuck my head out. And asked the poor murse (male nurse), "Can you please tell me when I'm going to be seen? My appointment was scheduled for 2:45. And it's now 4:20."
He replied, "Oh, you're next. No more than 10 minutes longer."
I placate my boyz with those words all the time, buddy. I know what "10 more minutes" reaaaaaaaally means, mister.
At this point, there was NO WAY I could leave. I had already invested WAYYYY too much time there. I was going to be treated, dammit!
The dermatologist finally came in. And apologized profusely. I just stared at him and uttered a few tight-lipped "mmmms". (I didn't want to be too bitchy, you know? The guy was about to point a frigging LASER BEAM at my SKULL.)
And then I got zapped. 3 times. (It kinda felt like a beesting).
The entire process took LESS THAN 5 MINUTES.
And now I look like this:
So now you're thinking, "Lemme get this straight, Sarah. You waited for almost 2 HOURS to have a procedure done that makes you look worse than when you went in?!"
(But the mark fades! Since I started going for these treatments, it has gotten about 50% lighter!)
My next appointment in late June? I scheduled the VERY FIRST appointment of the day. Obviously.
So what's the longest you've ever waited in a doctor's office?
And have you ever complained about being made to wait?