Thursday, January 14, 2010

No Show

The clock reads 15 minutes past the hour. An hour saved for a new patient visit. No one comes through the door to claim the visit.

I sip my coffee, check my email, and reach for a journal.

My hand settles on a yellow highlighter, aching to hold a scalpel or needle.

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***I love what WordDoc, Medical Moments in 55 Words, is able to do with 55 words or less. I was taught back in high school that words like “a” and “the” don’t count (you know when you had to write a 500 word essay), but apparently they do. Here is a tool to count the words. I am going to try my hand at these during the coming year. My first attempt can be found here.

4 comments:

drcharles said...

My first time learning of the 55 word structure. I like your variation on the theme.

I'm salivating at the idea of a 1 hour no show. All that time sounds luxurious...

Gizabeth Shyder said...

I'm with Dr. Charles, today. I was so overwhelmed I had to go back after the kids went to bed to finish working in peace for a couple of hours.

But I've also had those BORING days wishing for more work (haven't I? I can't remember them too well today).

StorytellERdoc said...

great post, r, and great <55 word writing...it seems easy but the reality is that it is very difficult, yes? hope you get more no-shows today! LOL

rlbates said...

Thanks everyone. Need more surgery time, less no shows. :)