So, TINS©, TIWFDASL©, alone as my midlevel walk in clinic shift started. We were supposed to have two of us from opening, but, well, some of us are renowned for strolling in something on the order of 30 minutes late. In addition, there was a third provider slated to come in around 2 hours after opening, and work til close.
To start off with, I had a 5 pack of kids. Well behaved kids (Thanks be to Crom!), but, five at a time nonetheless. All in one room, so, of course, it appeared to whoever else had decided to start their day with a visit to the walk in clinic that I was taking something over an hour with one patient.
One such soul opened her exam room door, around 40 minutes after we had opened our doors for the day, and while I was on Number 3 of 5 in the 5 pack, and asked “how much longer?”
I was charting, and replied, “20-30 minutes”.
She asked, “How come?”, and the MA explained “there are 5 in front of you.”
The questioning patient was surprised. “How can that be? There was nobody here when I arrived!”
The MA answered “I had already roomed them when you had arrived”.
“That’s crazy!” observed the impatient patient.
I was kind of busy. My response was “Yep.”