See if you can guess where this conversation from early this morning veers from the real to my diseased fantasy life.
PATIENT: I am in terrible pain. Can the doctor please see me sometime today?
ME: Well, you’re in luck. We had a cancellation this morning, in about an hour and a half. Can you be here at 10:00?
PATIENT: Oh, no, I’m going to work. What do you have later tonight?
ME: Obviously, you are not in terrible pain. Call me back when it gets worse.
(SSSh! He’s out in the waiting room right now, as the sun slowly goes down and I lose all chance for dinner with my wife. Oh, how I love my life!)