TIME TO CALL THE SHOTS
I almost wanted to give him a piece of my mind and then walk right out of his office. But I restrained myself in time. He wasn’t worth my time. Besides, I had to admit bitterly to myself though- I am the one who needs the doctor, not the other way round.
“Ah, Doctor Bambi, you too like money! You won’t even allow us to sit down first,” Aunty Meg teased him, trying to get me to laugh. But I wasn’t interested. The man was simply getting on my nerves.
“But you know me, Meg, I never joke with my business,” he turned to me. “Pretty girl, how are you?” I didn’t respond. The earlier we were done and out of the place, the better for both of us.
“Oh, I can see somebody is not smiling today,” he said, smiling with that stupid look on his face.
“Doctor, here is your money,” I brought out the money from my bag and put them on his table. Can we quickly get this done and over with? I would like to leave your office as quickly as possible!”
Aunty Meg was pinching me, trying to tell me to calm down but I couldn’t care less. The man had really irritated me and his attitude on the day was not better and there was no way I could conceal my disgust any longer. If I had my way, I should not be sitting in front of him in his office, waiting for him to perform D&C on me. But I simply had no choice. There was no time to start looking for another doctor, I needed to get this pregnancy out of my system as soon as possible.
“You do not seem to be in a very good mood today, I hope this has nothing to do with me,“ he asked, trying to lighten up the mood as he counted the money. He pressed a button on his desk and a nurse emerged.
“Please, give this to the cashier and bring the receipt for our patient.” The lady took the money from him before quietly taking her leave. He turned to me. “So, my dear, you will be attended to very soon. But first, why are you in this foul mood today?”
“I am not in any foul mood, this is just me,” I responded.
“But I know you were not like this when you first came and I suspect your mood has to do with the reception I gave you the last time, right?”
“Oh, so you know? Then, you shouldn’t be asking a question to which you already know the answer.”
“Anita, calm down, you don’t need all this drama, you know,” Aunty Meg said to me.
I leaned close to Aunty Meg and whispered into her ears, “I can’t stand this man, I swear!”
“We might have a problem here, you know,” the man said to me. “Professionally, it is not advisable for me to operate on somebody that has personal issue with me. Anything could go wrong, you know.”
Aunty Meg looked at me and then turned back to Doctor Bambi. “Doctor, what does that mean? Are you saying you won’t operate on her anymore?”
“No, of course not, that’s not what I’m saying,” the man shook his head. “I am suggesting somebody else, another doctor in my hospital should handle the D&C for her.”
There was a spell of silence. The man was waiting for my consent. He probably wanted me to apologise for my behavior but that was certainly the last thing I would do.
“But doctor, that wasn’t the arrangement now. Besides, is this doctor capable enough to….?”
“Of course, he’s more than capable,” the man cut in. “But like I said earlier, it is best we let somebody else do it for her…”
“I am okay with that,” I cut in, keeping a straight face.
“That’s great. So, let me get him for you,” he said as he picked up his phone, dialed a number and pressed the phone to his ear.
“Junior, let me see you in my office,” he said and then dropped the phone. Moments after, the door opened and a young, good looking doctor stepped in. He was the finest looking doctor I had ever set my eyes on.
“This is Doctor David, he will operate on you,” the man said. I tried to smile as he waved at me. He smiled back. He had such good dentition.
“But doctor, he’s quite young, are you sure….” Aunty Meg was still unsure about him.
“Don’t you worry about him, you’re in capable hands,” the man assured us and then dropped the unexpected. “And besides, he is my son, so I should know!”
“Hello, ladies, how are you doing?” he had such sonorous voice. And the charm he exuded was something else, he came across as a man who knew his way around women.
“Hello,” Aunty Meg waved. I simply gave him a nod.
“So, dad, you called me, I assume one of these two beautiful ladies needs my help?” he asked Doctor Bambi. The way they both related, one could tell they’re pretty closer and there’s probably a lot of Doctor Bambi in Doctor David.
Doctor Bambi opened my file that was right there on his table and showed the content to him. He just smiled with a nod of his head and asked his dad, “which one of them?” And the man pointed to me. Doctor David’s smile widened. He looked intently at me for a moment like a man who was excited at the prospects of possibly devouring me.
“I am wondering, dad, why are you pushing this over to me? You know I still have a couple things to do today before I call it a day,” the younger doctor asked his dad.
The man chuckled, looked at me from the corner of his eyes and then turned to his son, “she doesn’t seem to like me, so I figured she should be handled by somebody she doesn’t have a problem with and would be more comfortable with.”
“Are you serious?” he turned to me. I was looking at him with a blank expression on my face. “What did my old man do to you that made you dislike him?”
I shook my head. “I don’t dislike him, and to be honest, I don’t have any problem with him. But please, can we get on with the D&C? I really want to get this thing out of my womb as soon as possible.”
Doctor David wasn’t expecting the cold response. Surprised, he looked over to his dad who gave him an “I told you’ kind of look.
“Hmm, it’s like somebody’s not in a good mood today but it’s alright,” Doctor David said to me. “Give me a few minutes and I’ll be back to get you ready, okay?”
I nodded slightly and he left the office. I felt a little bad that I was cold to him, he seems a really nice guy. But I really wasn’t interested in all that drama he and his dad were putting up. I had got the money he asked for, now it was time for me to call the shots.
To be continued….