Saturday, July 2, 2016

Let's Start A Grassroots Rebellion Using Passive-Aggressive Letters!

Remember two days ago, when I told you how Farmer H became incensed when the secretary at a doctor's office told him his appointment had been canceled because he was 15 minutes late? C'mon! You know you do. Or just scroll down to that post to jog your memory.

WELL! Today Farmer H got a letter in the mail. I haven't showed it to him yet. He just got back after driving 10 hours from Oklahoma. It can wait another day. No need to elevate his blood pressure before bedtime.

Dear Mr. Hillbilly,

You were scheduled for an appointment with us on 6-29-16, but failed to let us know that you could not come in. Our patients are very important to us, but we require that they notify us if unable to keep their appointments. Each appointment slot is valuable, as we see many patients in one day. In the future, if you must reschedule, please remember to contact our office at ZZZ XXX YYYY at least 24 hours prior to your appointment time.

Thank you for your time, and we hope to see you again very soon.


Unpronouceable Manyconsonanted Surname, MD

This is not going to go over well with Farmer H. Imagine if we, as patients, dared to send a letter like this to our doctors every time they kept us waiting in the WAITING room. You know there must be something wrong if they have to give it a name like that. It's not the CALL YOU IN AT YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME room.

Dear Dr. Unpronouceable Manyconsonanted Surname,

I was scheduled for an appointment with you on 6-29-16, and showed up 15 minutes early to sign in. My health is very important to me, but I require that you notify me if unable to keep up with your appointments. My time is valuable, as I must (take time off from work, arrange for child care, drive 45 miles, find someone to sit with my elderly mother, pick up my son from school). In the future, if you are unable to stay on schedule due to overbooking to chase the almighty dollar, please remember to contact me at ZZZ XXX YYYY at least 24 hours prior to my appointment time.

Thank you for your time, and I hope to see you again very soon.


Farmer H Hillbilly.

Yeah. That would make a point, don't you think?


fishducky said...


Hillbilly Mom said...

Okay, then!

I'll get a spirit master ready, and start mimeographing copies with a blank salutation and closing (hope I don't get that purple stuff all over me, but I DO like the smell of that liquid!) while you round up some #10 business envelopes, and a roll of 3-cent stamps.

WAIT! I think stuff works a little differently these days...

Sioux said...

Maybe you could also give them a bill for your hourly rate, for however you had to wait?

Hillbilly Mom said...

That would be great! One time, I waited 2 HOURS! I thought they had closed up and left me in the exam room. I dared to open up the door and look down the hall. I was spotted, and within minutes, the doctor came in. I figure $200 should cover it.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Send it. Just think of all the blog posts it could generate!

Hillbilly Mom said...

But what if they label Farmer H as DIFFICULT in his patient file? Oh. That's right. They would simply be letting his doctors know what I have known all along.