Do you remember this post? Yep, I struggle sometimes to recognize an acquaintance, especially if I don’t have regular contact with him or her. Hey, it’s just more proof that I’m not perfect (as if we needed more)!
Well, apparently faces aren’t the only thing I struggle to remember. Names can sometimes get the best of me, too.
This week I had a doctor’s appoint. I met with a Physician’s Assistant (PA) named A.J. Here is how our conversation went:
PA: “Good morning, Tricia. How are you today?”
Me: “Great, AJ. How about you?”
(small talk ensues for a minute or two)
PA: (Scribbles something on a piece of paper and hands it to me) “I don’t want you to feel bad about this, but my name is actually H.J. See?”
Me: “Oh, my goodness, I’m so sorry I’ve been calling you by the wrong name.”
PA: “Honest mistake….HJ and AJ sound very much alike. Just wanted you to know my name.”
(the appointment continues, which involves doctor stuff that I hate…..leaving me just a little discombobulated. Yes, I just used that word. It’s very fun to type it out.)
PA: “Ok, Tricia, we’re done. I’ll meet you at the front desk.”
Me: “Good. Thanks so much, H.A.”
PA: (looking a little exasperated) “My name is HJ!”
Me: (looking a little exasperated, too) “Ok, I’m just going to call you Sam.”
PA: (laughs out loud): “Works for me.”
So, apparently I now have problems remembering faces AND names. My senior citizen years are not looking good. If this is life at 41, I might be in trouble. Oh, well. Might as well laugh about it, right? I mean, why not have fun at my own expense….and maybe someone else’s, too.
So, as I left the doctor’s office, I wanted to wish HJ a good day. “Have a good one, Fred,” I called out to him.
Yeah, I enjoyed that.