I had to be at work at the crack of dawn this morning to give the monthly resident rotation exam. We give it in the office area where I used to work, which is of course across campus from my new office. I took everything with me when I left yesterday so I wouldn't have to come all the way over to my office and then hike back this morning.
Except when I went to give the first exam I realized I'd left the answer sheets in my office. Dang it. I told the first resident that I'd left them in my office across campus and then came up with an alternative solution, which was no big deal.
Since I no longer have an office over there, I had nowhere comfy to hang out while waiting on them to finish the exam so I ended up sitting in the floor near a table by my old office. When the first resident finished his exam, he couldn't find me. Apparently he went all the way back to the cath lab looking for me. When he found me he said he had gotten confused because he thought I was in that office but the door was closed so he didn't know where I'd gone.
#1. I was five feet from the office door.
#2. I'd pointed out when I gave him the exam that my office was now across campus and I'd left the answer sheets there.
#3. I was in the exact same place I had been when I handed him test.
As a patient, I find that I get frustrated with doctors who don't actually hear what I say when I talk to them. When I first started having chronic muscle pain I saw eleven different medical professionals in two years, in part because half of them weren't actually listening when I explained what was happening and never bothered to actually look at what I was showing them.
Now I talk to some of our trainees here and shake my head, wondering how in the world they are going to be effective doctors when they can't hear what people are saying and don't bother to look at things right in front of them. The answer is they probably won't be effective, but that doesn't mean they won't be successful.