So, there was this doctor. Actually, she was a physician’s assistant; young, pretty, and stupid. Well, I’ll take the high road and call her ignorant; she was obviously lacking in life experience.
Going into the examination room earlier this week, I was simply another patient looking to have some ear wax removed. I know; gross. Stuff happens, even in your ears. Heading out of the examination room I'd sadly been transformed right before her very eyes.
“No earwax,” she’d shared, after taking a look.
“Let’s do an auditory test just to make sure nothing else is going on.”
Fast forward 15 minutes. I’m back with Miss PA, sitting in the tiny examination room.
“SO, YOU DO HAVE SOME HEARING LOSS,” she'd offered at the top of her lungs, smiling sweetly as she waited to see if I'd heard and processed this latest development.
You don’t say, I mused, unamused. Sweet had nothing to do with my tight smile.
Fortunately we weren’t having this conversation in a noisy restaurant. I didn’t need an audiologist to confirm I was having difficulty hearing in certain social situations. Contrary to popular opinion, this was not one of those situations.
Is it possible for a person to be both condescending and ignorant? I'd just become the poster child for the old and the infirmed; you know, those of us marginalized and minimized in our youth-orientated society.
“Did you notice her big ears,” Jimmy asked on the way to the car.
“Thank you, dear,” I said to my beloved, smiling. “I needed that.”
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