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The most important thing for a photographer is eyes to see.
Who needs glasses?
At last after a 3 month wait I attended the appointment with a renowned eye specialist and had a productive 5 minute exam and explanation from him. Yeah :-).
But the process to get to this pivotal point involved lots of travel people and paper work, plus hurry up and wait...
Arriving in plenty of time for this appointment I waited the obligatory 10 minutes past my allotted time, before being called into the inners sanctum along with three older ladies all of whom had waited a long time for this day and a consultation.
We were ushered into a dimly lighted corridor doubling as a secondary waiting room, by a lady dressed in a white coat she looked of a Grocer from the 1960,s.
This nameless lady looked to me like a "Susan" based on Susan's I have known in the past. This Susan lady is in charge of the preliminaries, something I have had done at least 5 times in the past working my way up the ladder via Opticians Optomologist and lots of other Opto,s to the ultimate specialist, they have all the files which if read would inform why I was there.
The three ladies and I waited a good 15 minutes making small chat waiting for the white coated "Susan" lady return with drops to put in everyone's eyes their purpose to dilate the pupils and blind us for the next 6 hours.
Picture this dim lighted corridor with 6 chairs three are filled with ladies one by me a man. Susan returns with notes in hand looks around and asks "Who is David"? Duh, who really needs glasses here?
We seated patients all looked at each other somewhat amused, then I said "OK no prizes here, if they won't own up to being David, I will be David for the afternoon" Miss white coat not amused and place drops in all our eyes before disappearing again.
Maybe a job is boring and repetitious but one should have some consideration for those who are having tests are apprehensive and not familiar with the medically set procedure. If one made the most of every moment, was more caring and considerate to others everybody's life would be better for it. A lighter mood from the staff would make a much more positive and less scary time for the customer/patient.
After my 5 minute exam and consultation I did get some answers and was asked which of two procedures if either I would like to have done at a later date.
From there I was taken to a secretary who handed me several bits of paper with the details and a date was booked.
I am now in a bright room pupils fully dilated and squinting the secretary asked what date is good for me, I could not read my diary so she booked me in on I think a free day, then handed me more papers apparently in English and French saying sign here, here and here, as she marked an X in the right place.
"What am I signing? “I asked. To which she just said "You are signing that you have read the agreement and fully understand the procedure and giving your permission for the next stage” It really messes up the system when I refused to sign until a time when I can read the small print.
What did I learn from this experience?
When in the medical system hurry up and wait on the conveyer belt until it come to the end.
There are many white coated people who enjoy putting drops into people's eyes.
Don't sign anything you cannot read.
I went for an eye appointment not a sex change, and white coat Susan needs glasses.
To be continued......