“I’ve been waiting 45 minutes,” I announced abruptly to the woman at the check-in desk. I was a little more than annoyed. I had arrived at Dr. Richard Andorsky’s office at 11:15 PM. It was now noon.
I was led back to his assistant Pat to reschedule the appointment.
“He’s just finishing up with the patient in front of you,” she offered, “if you want to wait just a few more minutes you could probably see him today or I can go ahead and reschedule for you.”
As if on cue Dr. Androsky and the patient were now standing just behind me. I followed the doc back to his office.
“I’m sorry,” he said as we both sat down, “we just got behind today.”
I know this happens. I was past the annoyance now. I was getting done what I had come for and that was far better than having to reschedule and come and do this on another day. This isn’t the type of thing I could say I was really looking forward to anyway.
In short order we wrapped up our business and as I was walking out of his office my eyes were drawn to a framed medal hanging on the wall. I believe it was a Meritorious Service Medal.
He told me that since we took care of our business so quickly he might be able to get a little caught up now. We shook hands and I headed out the door.
It wasn’t until I was back in my car that my thoughts returned to that medal by the door. It was Veterans Day and I had forgotten to thank him for his service.
It’s not too late.
Happy Veterans Day Dr. Andorsky!
Thank you, and all the other veterans out there, for your service.
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