I can't complain enough about people answering their phones during clinic visits. I swear to god, the next patient whose cell phone rings while I'm talking to them, I'm going to take it and throw it out the window. (If the exam rooms had windows, which they don't. Maybe I'll just run water over it in the sink.)
It’s kind of out of control. During any given clinic, about 75% of the time, the patient's cell phone starts ringing while I'm talking to them. At least a third of the time, it starts ringing more than once.
First, who the hell is calling these people at 10:30 in the morning? Second, if your doctor is talking to you, do you think you could stand to not answer your phone and just call the person back later? Believe it or not, people can turn off their cell phones for brief periods and be *gasp* unreachable for a short time, like back in the olden days before cell phones (back when lions had riches). I mean, you turn your cell phone off in the movie theater or at least put it on vibrate, right? Is it too much to ask to give your doctor as much courtesy as you would "Scary Movie 8"?
Last week I was interviewing a patient and his phone started ringing. He looked at me and said, "Should I not get that?"
I said, "I'd appreciate it if you didn't." Did he think I was just going to sit there while he chatted with his friend? I was so angry. I had two other patients waiting and I was tempted to just leave him in the room for another forty minutes with his cell phone while I saw them both first.