Since this blog started almost a year ago, I have posted my opinion, rants, and epithets on issues mostly political. But, hey – it’s my blog – I can talk about anything I want to.
Today, I had two separate medical appointments – one at a lab and the other at a doctor’s office. Nothing serious – just routine stuff for an old curmudgeon. And this blog posting is not about our health care system.
Both waiting rooms today had a common feature, blaring televisions that no one was paying any attention to. I guess these televisions are there to supplement the 8-month old dog-eared issues of Golf Digest which seem to spawn in this environment.
Even for routine, benign treatment, no one likes to visit the doctor. And this unpleasantness is exacerbated by being forced to hear Regis Philbin and watching laxative commercials. Ironically, there are big signs on the TV sets reading “for the patient’s convenience, please do not adjust the set.”
How about making doctors’ waiting rooms a “No TV Zone”? It would do wonders in reducing patient’s blood pressure. Take out all of those expensive flat screen TVs and donate them to schools that could put them to better use.
Of course, it could be worse than Regis blaring in your ear. Imagine the torture of being stuck in a doctor’s office with a television permanently set to Fox “News”.