This was one of the rudest patients I ever had. I saw her at clinic few years ago:
I was in the room for about five minutes, maybe less, when the patient's cell phone rang. Have I mentioned that I HATE it when a patient's cell phone rings? OK, I guess I don't expect them to turn it off while in the office (I don't), but it's really amazing how many people get called multiple times at like 10:30 in the morning. And then I really get angry if they answer it.
This lady answered her phone. And not only that, she started having a conversation with the person on the other line! Right with me sitting there! She didn't even tell the person that she couldn't talk long because she was with a doctor.
She seemed to be giving the other person instructions on how to take care of another person. I could hear the person on the other line and every time I thought the call was almost over, the other person would say, "Oh, and one more thing..."
Finally, I had enough. I said, "I'll be back." Then I pretty much stormed out of the room and slammed the door behind me (not totally intentionally... it just closed faster than I intended, but I was definitely pissed).
I was tempted to simply go see the next patient and really make that woman wait after how disrespectful she was of my time, but I decided to just do a quick dictation and go back into the room.
Except when I went back to the room... the patient was gone.
I thought at first that she went to the bathroom, but she didn't. We had the nurses look for her and nobody could find her.
I have no idea what happened. Maybe she realized I was pissed and realized that there was nothing we could do to help her chronic lower back pain anyway, so she decided to leave. Although it seems like a lot of trouble to drive all the way over to the doctor just to leave before they can even talk to you. Or maybe there was an emergency at home. It followed her pattern of rudeness that she didn't even let anyone even know she was leaving.