#37 Sitting in a hospital waiting room

No matter how much a look after ourselves, which in my case isn’t very much, we inevitably feel a bit under the weather from time to time. Everyone knows that the GP is the first stop for any illness other than a medical emergency but here in Brazil it can be quite tricky to get an appointment with the GP in a hurry so most Brazilians tend to use their local accident and emergency department as a drop in centre. It’s the only way to get prompt attention.

Waiting times vary at these places but there is nearly always a wait and if tests are required then the whole thing could take hours.

Normally all this waiting around would be the perfect time to do a bit of writing but if you are feeling under the weather then writing is probably the last thing you want to do.  If you are accompanying the patient then it seems a bit rude to scribble away when really you’re meant to be keeping them company.

I’ve just started a lead generation as campaign on Facebook so while accompanying my wife while she waits for her tests, I check every five minutes to see whether anyone has clicked on one of my ads. Oh yes, and I’ve written this blog but I don’t think she noticed.

Blogs don’t require the same effort as novels. With novels I have to immerse myself in the world and that makes it a bit tricky when someone wants to ask me a question because it takes a few seconds for my mind to return to the real world. With blogs, I stay in the real world so responding to questions from the real world is less tricky.

So, all things considered, hospital waiting rooms are great places to avoid writing.


About M J Dees

M J Dees lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil with his wife, daughter and two cats. He has written three novels, Living with Saci, The Astonishing Anniversaries of James and David plus another which will be published later in the year. He is currently writing the fourth. You can sign up for more information on his book launches at http://eepurl.com/cTnAD5
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