Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Aw shoe-t! Tucking moments on moments

I tried not to stare at my patient's feet as we discussed her medical condition. I couldn't help wondering, however, me being a doctor and all, whether or not there was something wrong with her left foot. Was that an orthopedic old lady shoe styled for grandmas with bunions?

When she settled onto the exam table, she smiled and stretched out her feet. "I couldn't find black socks this morning, so I settled for brown. But I didn't notice that I had two different shoes on 'til I got to the office--I'm hoping everyone assumed I wore this other shoe because my foot hurts."

Later that afternoon, I recounted this story to another like-minded (or no-minded?) old soul. She laughed, then cleared her throat and said with an apologetic smile "Did you know that your sweater is tucked into your pants in the back."

Good lord, couldn't remember just when I'd gone to the restroom, but I hoped that everyone assumed this partial tuck was part of a deliberate look.


Mauigirl said...

I once wore one blue shoe and one black show to work - but at least they were the same style!

Wendy said...

When I was working as a medical secretary (many years ago), one of the doctors came walking through the department laughing her head off. We looked up from our typewriters (yes a long, long time ago) to see what the joke was.

She proceeded to point to her feet, where it was clear that she'd dressed in a hurry (actually in the dark she told us) for she'd worn one brown shoe and one black shoe.

We all had a good laugh. Then she went home to change (she lived across the street from the hospital).

I'm sure people thought you were making a fashion statement, Judy. LOL!

The Tame Lion said...

Wow, that's inspiring! ;P
Thanks for sharing this post, I enjoyed the visit. :D

Anonymous said...

The fateful words were said yesterday by my doctor: "You are in menopause, dear." Later in the afternoon, I had an argument with a colleague who said that highway 20 goes to Quebec City while I insisted that it only goes to Toronto. I forgot that highways go west AND east. That was my menopause moment. I will keep close watch on my shoes!