I spent the morning with my dad at the hospital. He had a radiology appointment. We were told to check in at Admitting at 10:30. From there he would have lab work and then proceed to Radiology. It didn't take very long to check in, though it involved more paperwork than he thought necessary.
"I don't know why they have to open up a new account every time I come," he said, not very quietly. On the other hand, he wondered why the Admitting person didn't spend a longer time reviewing the drivers' license he was required to show. "Did you really look at it?" he quizzed her. He then rattled off his drivers' license number for her just in case.
"That's fine," she said, "I just needed to verify that you're who you say you are."
"Why would I be here if I didn't have to be?" he countered.
The lab work went smoothly and soon we were already in the Radiology waiting room. It was only 10:40. Our appointment, we were told, was not until 11:30. They always allow plenty of time for the lab. Great, I thought.
By noon I had read all the available magazines. My dad had visited the men's room a couple of times. I asked the lady-behind-the-glass if she knew how much longer we would be waiting. Then I shared what she had said with my dad.
"She says they're running a little late, and it will be a few more minutes," I whispered into his ear.
"Oh really?" he answered, staring straight ahead. "I never would have guessed that."
I heard giggles all around me.
Finally at 12:15 his name was called. The technician asked him,"You've had this kind of test before, haven't you?"
"I'm 90 years old. I've had every kind of test before."
He came back 45 minutes later. "This place has some problems," he told me as he sat down to rest.
Oh? I was sort of hoping he wouldn't elaborate, but he continued. "They still weren't ready when I got back there, so they put me in a storage closet to wait."
I mumbled something about a construction project but didn't press him about being put in a closet. Turns out I didn't have to.
"Yes, it was just an old closet. Maybe six by six. There were boxes stacked all around me."
Really? Oh. Wow. Hmm. . . .What else was there to say?
Evidently he had thought of something. "I told them I wasn't coming back until they got themselves together. And I'm not."
Fine with me.