Friday, June 23, 2017

Making Amends

Waiting for the Delaware Eye Institute to open this morning

This morning Bill and I returned to the Delaware Eye Institute for Bill's followup appointment to his cataract surgery yesterday. 

Remember my blog posting of yesterday where I screwed up and left Bill waiting for over two hours before I returned to pick him up after his surgery. Bill was very distraught, worrying that something happened to me and also being caught in a situation that he didn't have any control over.



I took the advice of one of an Anonymous comment on yesterday's blog to send a thank you card and some cookies. 

We left earlier this morning so I could stop at the Acme supermarket.  I brought a very nice thank you card and a box of raspberry linzer cookies to give the staff at the surgery center. 


Raspberry-linzer cookies

I walked into the surgery center and approached the lady at the front desk.  I said "I'm probably the last person you want to see today but I'm here to apologize for the situation I caused yesterday and to apologize."  A smile crossed her face (thank goodness) as I handed her the card and package of cookies.  I didn't push my luck by lingering and left immediately.  Hopefully I can put this behind me and (hopefully) they can forget my faux pas. 

I like to consider myself very careful in keeping appointments on time, respecting employees and not causing problems. Yesterday was just One of Those Days.  I learned something, clear that phone out.  And next time Bill has a medical appointment, stay around. I can always go shopping but I never again want to see Bill that upset.  He depends too much on me.  For all that Bill has done for me the past fifty-three years, this is the least I can do for him. 


Bill waiting for his eye doctor this morning, his left eye was bothering him. The doctor gave him something to alleviate the problem. We go back again next week for another followup. Not long now until Bill can get his driver's license again!

12 comments:

  1. You handled everything very well, Ron, and now you can emit a Big Sigh of relief. Those delicious raspberry linzer cookies would definitely win my heart!
    Hey - wouldn't it be funny if the entire staff got food poisoning from eating them??
    (sorry - my wicked sense of humor got the better of me!).

    Anyway, the worst is over and you can look forward to better days.

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    1. Jon,
      I'm glad "Anonymous" left me that suggestion. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I wouldn't have thought of that myself. I must be selfish and self-centered. Well, I am, I know that but at least I made amends for my atrocious behavior yesterday of abandoning Bill. He was so upset when I wasn't there when he came out of the anesthesia. He had no idea where I was. I hope that never happened again. I assured him today I would never leave him again like that.
      Ron

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  2. You are a good soul and such a nice way to say you are sorry.

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    1. Jane,
      Thanks to "Anonymous" who gave me the suggestion. I really caused the whole staff there a problem yesterday by my thoughtless behavior. I will never do anything like that again. Lesson learned.
      Ron

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  3. Ron - that was a great idea from the anonymous blogger - and terrific that you acted. Often enough, I'm sure, I've thought of something good to do - but then never actually went ahead to transition thought to action. You made a whole lot of lives around the nursing desk happy today - and they'll remember that far more than your turning up late for Bill. I hope Bill's eye surgery turned out A+. He'll feel great once he gets his 4 wheel freedom back.
    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      Hopefully I set a course direction this morning by my offer of an apology and thanks to that nursing staff for taking care of Bill yesterday when I left him. I can tell you they were none too happy with me yesterday. It's a long time since I've received that much negative reaction. Not a good feeling that I want to repeat anytime soon. I learned a lesson yesterday.
      Ron

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  4. Ron, you did good. Bravo.

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    1. Geo.,
      Thanks to "Anonymous" suggestion. I will endeavor to never make that mistake again. Next time (and there will be) I will not leave Bill. I will stay in that waiting room no matter how long. Shopping can wait. My time isn't that valuable.
      Ron

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  5. What a classy move! Bravo! A real man knows when he has erred and admits it so. Stand proud - well over four feet.

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    1. Thank you Dr. Spo. You opinion means a lot to me. I try to do well although I have to admit my default position is usually selfishness. I have to work at being more magnanimous.
      Ron

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  6. Well it seems you have done well. Apologies make forgiveness so much easier. It is so hard for folks to apologize these days as they just want to hold on to the pride. So well done. You never know with surgeries and medical appointments how it can go. And usually it DOES take forever and a day. Always surprising when it's only a few minutes. Take care. Visiting around my blogger group today. Hope you all have a good week.

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    1. Back Porch Writer,
      Even though I apologized I don't think they will be forgiving me anytime soon. I did make a mistake by leaving, whatever the problems I had with my phone. Seeing how distraught Bill was (worried that I had an accident), and how callous I seemed to them, I think my first impression with them will last. I a few years I'll have cataract surgery myself. I hope they will have forgotten me by then but I doubt it. But I did learn a lesson that I won't repeat.
      Ron

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