Onely at the Doctor August 16, 2008Posted by Onely in As If!, Everyday Happenings, Singled Out.
Tags: being single, shots!, value of a life
Last week when I went to the doctor to make sure I didn’t have strep and after the doc agreed that my throat looked “like it hurt” (duh!), she tried to convince me to get updated on my shots. I was (irrationally, I’ll admit) reluctant, especially because I figured I was in enough pain as it is, but she tried to convince me anyway. Here’s how the conversation transpired:
Doc: “Are you planning on traveling overseas anytime in the near future?”
Me: “No” (LIE)
Doc: “Well, do you have any family – husband or children?”
Me: “Nope!” (cheerfully)
Doc: “Well then I guess this won’t affect anyone else…” (trailing off)
I was stunned that she didn’t know how else to motivate a single female with no kids or traveling plans. Umm, how about assume I care about my general well being? Or she might have pointed out that my work/school would suffer if I got sick (I’d already told her I was a grad student), which I most certainly can’t afford. Or perhaps my parents are aging and need me to care for them (not the case, but she wouldn’t know that!). But no, she pretty much gave up after the significant other/family appeal… Weird.
To her credit, she still tried to convince me to get the tetanus shot that day (I refused; I *know* that’s the one that hurts the most!) and she made me promise to come back. But if no one will notice if I’m gone/disabled/critically ill, well then I suppose there’s no hurry to get those shots!
Now I’m off to find a partner, so my life carries more value…