two different specialists …

When I walked up to the express lane at the grocery, a man was patiently trying to feed a coupon into the designated slot.  After he tried unsuccessfully a couple times, I really looked at him for the first time and realized he was Dr. K, our  family doctor!  He has been a wonderful addition to our lives since we changed to him a couple years ago.  He is not only an excellent doctor but has a friendly warm personality and makes you feel like he is actually seeing you as a person, not just the patient in Room 4.

Anyway, because Dr. K has a great sense of humor, I knew that he would see the humor in his situation, so I stepped up behind him and said in a low voice, “You probably need a medical degree to do that.”

When he turned around and recognized me, he chuckled and said, “Apparently that isn’t enough!”

Just then Diane, one of the most helpful and experienced of the store’s employees, walked by.  She immediately saw what Dr. K was trying to do so she walked over and said, “Let me help you with that — there’s a trick to it.”  She quickly inserted the coupon into the slot and then leaned over and gently blew in after it.  The coupon disappeared immediately.  He thanked her and she smiled and walked away.

When he looked at me and chuckled, I said, “She may not have a medical degree, but she’s very good at what she does.”  He agreed and then said good-bye and left.

What struck me about this incident was that both Dr. K and Diane are very good at their jobs and both deserve to take pride in what they do.  I’m fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries of both their sets of talents.

7 Responses to two different specialists …

  1. Linda says:

    I read this story to Doug, and he was impressed that Dr. K uses coupons. 🙂 I’m going to have to look for Diane the next time I use one of those self-checkout lanes. I’d say I have trouble about 90% of the time that I use those. I wonder if a medical degree would help me.

  2. Sandra says:

    Linda — It impressed me too that he and his wife were using coupons — just another piece of evidence that he is “just a guy” even though also a doctor.

    Yes, if you have ANY problems when checking out, Diane is always very helpful — be sure to look for her. 🙂

  3. Vicki says:

    I was just thinking the other day about how many jobs considered “low and beneath many” are so very important. For example, what if we had no sanitation workers or custodians? Perhaps pay should be commensurate with how important the job is to the wellbeing of greater society, instead of how much education is acquired. Of course I want a well trained and educated medical community, but it’s gotten a little out of hand. When I was growing up, physicians were respected members of the community and perhaps lived on a little higher scale than the rest of us, but now it’s entirely different! Just sayin!

  4. Sandra says:

    Vicki — I think today’s advertisers have to take alot of the blame for telling everyone constantly that they can’t be happy without alot of things! When I was growing up, I truly didn’t think any differently about my friend whose father was a dr. than the friend whose dad worked in a filling station. Such a shame this has happened, because that genie will never be able to be put back in the bottle.

    Dr. K is such a kind, unassuming young man. I see him as more like the dr’s from our childhood than the high flyers we sometimes encounter now.

  5. Barb Fischer says:

    …and this is one of the many qualities I admire in you….your quick wit….you IMMEDIATELY came up with the perfect comment to the Doc…at that time. I love it! Barb F

  6. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Barb. You know I love to make someone laugh. 🙂

  7. Hilary says:

    I wonder if Dr. K. will remember that little air-blowing trick when he’s struggling with a medical procedure. Hopefully, he’s not a proctologist. 😉

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