Being A Parent Is Not Apparent

, , , | Right | May 4, 2018

(A woman comes in for her appointment. I don’t see anyone else with her, nor is there any mention. She gets taken in with our sonographer, and 15 minutes into her appointment, my radiographer comes to me with a five- or six-year-old boy.)

Radiographer: “I just found this boy in one of our empty rooms, wandering around.”

(She is stunned and almost laughing at how serious it is leaving someone so young alone.)

Me: “Is he with anyone?”

Radiographer: “I don’t know. He won’t talk to me. Maybe put a kids show on and see if he’s with the woman inside ultrasound.”

Me: “Okay.”

(The radiographer gives me a “Who is careless like this?” look and returns to her work.)

Me: “Okay, buddy. Do you want to watch something?”

Boy: “Do you have kids shows?”

Me: “Sure!”

(Finally, when the woman comes out, she calls the boy.)

Me: “Is he with you?”

Woman: “Yes.”

Me: “Just so you know, he was wandering around our empty rooms. We had no idea he was here or who he was with.”

Woman: “Did he lose me?”

(To this day, I still wonder how someone can be lost when they never knew where they were to begin with. She was behind a closed door, as well. Who leaves their child alone?!)

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