bye doctor

October 27, 2009

How on earth do you end a conversation with a doctor?


Any normal person would go, “OK, thank you doctor. Bye.”

5 simple words.

But being the over-friendly person that I am, I spent a long time chatting with my childhood doctor; about life, work, love life, his kids bla bla…made some jokes, he made more jokes. It was like a catching up session instead of a medical consultation.

These were the only medical-related dialogues.

Doctor: Say “Aaaa.”

Me: Aaa...

Doctor: Oh, your throat looks really bad. I’m going to prescribe you some medicine.


Doctor: So, how’s working with your father? When did you graduate? What did you study? Why didn’t you want to practise law? Actually, my daughter also didn’t practice law *chuckles to himself* bla bla bla bla bla

Me: Yeah lah, the other day bla bla bla bla bla bla…

Thank God there weren’t any other patients at the time.

Soon, it was time for me to go.

Instead of saying the 5 simple words “OK thank you doctor bye”, I embarrassed myself. I felt that that was a very short and cold way to say goodbye. After all, my doctor and I were talking and laughing like we were long lost buddies.

I said, “OK see you soon, doctor. Nice to hear about your kids. Umm actually, I don’t want to see you soon la. You’re a doctor. If I see you soon, that means I am going to get sick soon. So I don’t wish to see you. Er…I mean, good to see you also la…fun to catch up, but I don’t want to get sick. Not that I’m sick of you. You’re a very nice doctor. Maybe can see you soon outside of your clinic. Umm haha nolah you know what I mean…er…See you not-so-soon ah….errr…OK la, see you soon, doctor!”

*slams door* *slaps forehead*

Note to self: “OK- THANK- YOU- DOCTOR- BYE!”…. Those 5 words are enough, you idiot.