Thursday, March 19, 2009

Things Could Always Be Worse

There are some things in life that should not be experienced.

The death of a loved one.

Oral Surgery.

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.

I failed.

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?"

She grinned.

Nope, she was not kidding.

I grinned.


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 joked.

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.

And time.

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.


leah said...

you are seriously telling me this NOW?!! when i am contemplating taking jackson (home from school with bad cough and fever) and the other two little members of our family to the doctor TODAY!!?

i think i'll let it run its course.

3 1/2 hours?! fur real?

Elaine A. said...

All I gotta say is that you are a brave, brave woman with TONS of more patience than me.

duchess said...

Well, that just made my day look much better. Thanks & go have a drink.

amanda said...

oh bless your heart friend!!

you are one awesome mama - i know i would have folded and packed it up and gone home!

Chelle said...

I am proud of you that you stayed! You definitely deserve some way to treat yourself now :)

I think I will call you Super Mom...

Krystyn said...

Oy! I sure wouldn't have waited...well, I wouldn't wait for me. For the kids, yes, I would!

Next time you really should get a sitter..or bring hubby along.

The Other Side of Me said...


What a brave woman you are!! I hope your son's shoulder feels better soon!! Good story.

Ashley said...

Thanks for the advice. I will try to never experience that for myself! It sounds harrowing!!!

Anonymous said...

Poor Wendi!!! I am glad you survived that!!!