I just had to call a patient's home number. Nothing's unusual about
that. I got their answering machine. That's also within the bounds of
"normal" (such as it is around here).
What's NOT usual was the language that the answering machine greeting
The *entire* answering machine greeting consisted of the patient's dog
I called the number again, to make sure that I'd dialled correctly.
Same machine. Same dog barking.
I called the patient's work number. I hate to do that when I'm not
assured that I'll be contacting the patient directly... if I get a
receptionist, I'm limited in what I can say in order to protect the
patient's privacy, but some places won't transfer the call unless you
ID yourself and provide the reason for the call. I confirmed the date
and time of the patient's upcoming appointment, then asked, "Is that
your dog on your answering machine?"
Yes, it is. "Just checking. That's a cute idea!"
After I hung up, I burst out laughing. :o) Too funny!
Hmm. I wonder if I can get Captain and Stanley to purr a greeting for
OUR voice mail? ;o)
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