Lately, I've noticed that I've started saying "alrighty" to patients.
I don't know how this evolved. There are often a lot of silences when you're dealing with patients and sometimes you feel a need to say something to fill the void. For me, it used to be "um." Then it became "okay." Then I guess it became "alright." And now it's turning into "alrighty." And I've just been letting it happen.
This is not really acceptable to me. I'm not sure what kind of person says "alrighty," but I don't think I want to be that person. Certain nobody models themselves after a person who says "alrighty."
I'm going to take a stand. No more saying "alrighty." Yesterday during clinic, every time I noticed myself starting to say it, I made a conscious effort to leave off the "y" and just said "alright."