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I see….no wait, I don’t see……

January 27, 2016

Last week I took my friend, Lisa, to the eye doctor. This is the Scheie Eye Institute, a very prestigious hospital dedicated to eye care.

We’ve been there many times over the last five years. Our last visit was six months ago and now we were back for a follow-up visit. But something was new.

When we arrived at the Institute, as usual, we went to the front desk.  In the past, the front desk checked you in and then you waited to go to an attendant at a numbered station to confirm your insurance, appointment time and any other preliminary questions.

As we approached the front desk on this day, we were told to immediately go over to the standing computer terminals and check ourselves in.

Now the average age of the patients in this rather expansive waiting room seemed to be about 79 years old. I have no doubt that the senior community has many computer savvy members, but not everyone can adjust to any computer that is thrown in front of them.  As one who continues to discover that ‘user friendly’ and ‘intuitive’ are really just adjectives for “get me a 12 year-old over here, stat!”, I was certain that many of these patients were struggling with this new set-up.

Add to that,these computers were at standing stations. I would say at least in an unscientific review of the crowd…. and by that I mean looking at them,  half of the patients were in wheelchairs or using canes or walkers. Standing at a computer terminal would be, at the very least, uncomfortable, at most, impossible.

One more thing.

You may recall this is the Scheie Eye Institute. So……this is a place where people go who are having trouble seeing.  You know, eye patches, eye surgery, eye pain, eye problems.

Based on my knowledge of the scientific method, which I learned from my kids when they had to study fourth grade science, this new system may experience a few glitches.

Hmm. Something's Fishy!

Hmm. Something’s Fishy!

I will say this, Lisa and I were laughing hysterically for hours, even on the way home when we just kept saying but it’s the Scheie Eye Institute!

That’s all it took to make us giggle, ’cause………….

“You Just Have to Laugh…….”

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cathy sikorski

After more than 25 years of caregiving and Elder Law, Cathy writes about the comedy of caregiving in her blog; "You just have to Laugh..."She is the author of "Showering with Nana: Confessions of a Serial (killer) Caregiver" published by HumorOutcasts Press in 2015.

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9 Responses to I see….no wait, I don’t see……

  1. Bill Y Ledden
    January 30, 2016 at 5:47 am

    If the users of these machines were to make a mistake and accidentally break them, every time they were forced to use them, I think you would quickly see a change in policy.

  2. Kathy Minicozzi
    January 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Science should study the brain of the person who came up with this idea.

    • January 28, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Yes, Kathy…I will seek volunteers next time I go there!

  3. January 27, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    These people who came up with this idea had a definite case of tunnel vision when it came to computerizing their office. Someone did not see the writing on the wall!

    • January 28, 2016 at 8:50 am

      I think they walked into a wall and then had this bright idea!

  4. Bill Spencer
    January 27, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Sounds like their setup needs a re-vision.

  5. January 27, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Laughing at our own everyday lives is the best kind of laughter. Thanks for sharing.

    • January 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      As always, Bill, I can see your point so clearly!

    • January 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Yep…gotta’ laugh, Leslie!! Thanks for reading!

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