Then after getting through part of the workload I had some time for errands I thought so I left the hospital for surrounding shops. Unbeknownst to me a patient had arrived expecting her surgical procedure. She wasn't on the list but my nurse saw the opportunity with the opening in my schedule and told the hospital to get ready for the procedure. Then came the task of getting in touch with me. Since I didn't have my cell phone you can see the problem.
An hour later when I showed up for my next scheduled event I met several frustrated workers, an anxious patient complete with family and an office nurse who had been looking for me the entire time. This little departure from technology put me behind in my now revised workload and because of that several patients were left waiting for me.
I mentioned my dilemma to a friend at church and she said she couldn't imagine doing without a cell phone now. She depended on it to keep in touch with her ailing relative and her children scattered all over town.
I'm not sure if we can get by anymore without these rude inconveniencies that are so beneficial to the way we do things today but while I was writing this article my wife's cell phone battery died and we actually had time for a face-to-face conversation.
Editors Note: George Robertson is a physician with Family Medical Associates, PC, in Lebanon.