I had to wait for quite awhile in that examining room and, as always when left alone in an examining room, I see what there is to see. This one featured the first SPECULUM WARMER that I have ever seen. I write SPECULUM WARMER like that because the typeface was huge - like 50 point. I wondered about this. Perhaps it was meant to calm patients who want to know why the doctor is reaching into that little microwave. No, it's not to get a
The other thing that caught my attention was the panel that had been placed over the fluorescent lights in the ceiling above the examination table. It was a vibrant scene of a coral reef. Instead of "close your eyes and think of England" you can keep your eyes open and find Nemo. There were three clown fish. I counted. I sort of knew I would have to make fun of this, but I was also a little touched that someone, architect, nurse, doctor, whoever, took the trouble to hang a marvel of nature over those who are subject to examination. Honestly, coral reefs always make me reflective about our creator.
I also spent a few minutes contemplating the screen saver on the laptop the nurse had left behind. It showed the facade of the new part of the hospital in Burlington. Like all venerable east-coast hospitals, ours has Dickensian bits linked to slightly newer bits, linked to parts of the set of Logan's Run. The new part of our hospital, Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, reminded me very much of the Hilton at Terminal Three at Heathrow.
|New Entrance at Fletcher Allen Health Care minus door person|
Honestly, I was happy to have this shiny new building in which to wait for my doctors. It made me think that America really still has a lot to recommend it. Better not to have to be the patient, of course, but when it happens you want a warm speculum, clean windows, and a tropical fish panel. At least I do.