There are some things in life that should not be experienced.
The death of a loved one.
Going to a doctors office with three children.
If you haven't experienced it...don't even try.
Get a sitter.
Save yourself from the inevitable torment that surely will come.
I tried it.
Chase hurt his shoulder in a basketball game last week.
He has been in a lot of pain since.
We made an appointment with the orthopedic doctor.
We arrived knowing we were being "worked in".
After filling out a small book of paperwork, the receptionist smiled and said that the doctor was currently in surgery and he was approximately 3 1/2 hours behind schedule.
Then she asked if we would like to wait.
"Um, you are kidding...right?"
Nope, she was not kidding.
I was prepared.
I had brought a laptop, crayons, coloring books, magazines, snacks and homework.
What more could we need for the next 210 minutes?
We discovered all the electrical outlets.
We discovered there was no wireless Internet access.
We never found the remote control for the TV.
We managed to leave Cheese Nip crumbs on every surface of the waiting room.
Cole needed to go to the potty six times.
Cole cried because he couldn't get on the computer.
Clarie whined because she was bored.
Chase whimpered because his shoulder hurt.
After just 45 minutes they called us back.
They put us in a hot room.
With only home and travel magazines.
Boredom set in.
Cole climbed on everything.
Claire was thirsty and was in and out 35 times to get water.
Cole tried to take apart the models of bones sitting on the desk.
Finally the doctor arrived.
He spoke broken English.
He examined and reexamined.
He looked at the x -rays.
After an hour and a half it was determined Chase had a partially dislocated shoulder.
Meaning a bad sprain.
It was nothing that a lot of ibuprofen wouldn't cure.
I made a follow up appointment.
I will be taking all three of my children again.
There are worse things I have discovered.
Like the possibility of waiting 3 1/2 hours in a doctors office.