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The Hospital Appointment

by Vimala Ramu
(Bangalore)

After the successful completion of the surgery and the return home of my husband, it was time for a review. I had to fix up appointments with two specialists, fortunately on the same day.


To be on the safer side I rang up the hospital 6 days earlier. I was met with the courteous, articulate voice of the receptionist who said she would direct my call to the right person. I first fixed up the appointment with the doctor who I was told would be available in the hospital all the days. Next, I was asked to contact the receptionist of the other doctor for the appointment. I was told that that particular specialist visited the hospital only on two days in a week, neither of the days being the one I had fixed up with the first doctor. Again I had togo back to him, change his appointment to the day of the second one and confirm it to the receptionist of the second one. The whole process was not as easy as it sounds because every time I had to ring the hospital afresh toget the receptionist of a particular doctor.

As I was doing all this ‘to to fro’ and ‘fro to to’ business, my call once went to a lady whose talking was not only totally gibberish but the voice was also muffled as if
she was talking through a couple of layers of cloth. As soon as she picked up the phone, I let go in Kannada my predicament. She struggled and managed to utter, ‘No English’. Surprised at her reaction to my Kannada, I switched over to English. Again she said, ‘No English’. I wondered what had happened to the efficient, multilingual staff of the hospital. How could they all suddenly change into mumbling specimens like this? I put the phone down in disgust.

I tried to ring up the hospital again. But, tired of ringing up the same number every time, I just redialed.This time a gruff, male voice came on saying ‘No English’. I asked, ‘What language? Hindi?. The voice answered, “Farsi, Pushtu, Arabi”. I got the shock of my life. I could imagine a tall, hefty person wearing a white Jaleba and a white head scarf fastened with a black headband.Had I chanced upon the secret den of some terrorists? Will the police be tracking this call? Will I be awarded for locating a terrorist hide out and preventing a major attack on the city? My imagination was running wild.

Suddenly I remembered that the priority of the moment was the hospital appointment and not anything else. I put the phone down saying ‘Wrong number’ and dialed the hospital number carefully digit by digit and got the appointments as I wanted.

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May 12, 2012
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by: vimala ramu

Thank you Eva,Pankaja and Seetaram. Yes,Seeta, for all you know it could have been a greasy, oil bag!

May 11, 2012
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The Hospital Appointment.
by: Eva Bell

Hi Vimala! So nice that you can see humour even in the most annoying situations. You are such a positive person and it's always refreshing to read about your little experiences.
I hope your husband has recovered completely.

May 11, 2012
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by: NuggehalliPankaja

Good

May 10, 2012
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Missed opportunity
by: Seetharam

May be the number was that of a rich sheik in the middle east ! May be you would have made friends with him and struck oil !!
Seetharam

May 08, 2012
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by: vimala ramu

Yes Geetha, Ramu is picking up quite fast and has started a shorter version of his morning walks. He is now allowed to drive the car. Well, as for me, all this activity has made me more active than usual. Thank you.

May 08, 2012
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by: Sneha

You deserve every right to be proud, Vimala! Its an honour for me to be associated with you. Lots of love.

May 08, 2012
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Enjoyed as usual...
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

Hope you and your husband are doing well now. Notwithstanding the seriousness of the situation, I could not help but laugh. To some people things keep on happening. You are one of them. Enjoyed.

Have a Good Day

And a very big "Get Well Soon" for respected Mr. Ramu.

Regards

Geetashree

May 08, 2012
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by: vimala ramu

Thanks Sridhar for sharing your experience. For us it is back to Military hospital from now on.

May 08, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Thank you Sneha for the prompt response. I want to tell you that my son's f-in law (from US) made me so proud when he showed my e books COLORS and DEW DROPS on his telephone !

Vimala

May 07, 2012
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Hospital visits, a chore or necessity ?
by: Anonymous

V, hope the Cmdr is better. I know the feeling you had after failed attempts at getting appointments. One with the physician and the other with the cardiologist, rt? This act was outsourced to my sister, who had uncanny knack of getting things her way and at times we would be shooed-in immediately on arrival at the hospital! After the first few visits we resorted to impromptus since the P.A to doctors were good friends having had the benefit of some timely gifts on occasion and friendly inquiries made of their family and well-being. That will be the trick, don't tell Anna (Hazare) Pl? It wasn't actually bribe but an act of expediency.

Sridhar.

May 07, 2012
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by: Sneha

Vimala, your dramatization and narration is putting me back on track after a bad day.

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