If someone calls my office after hours, the voicemail announcement gives them my cell phone number for emergencies.
My cell phone automatically silences itself at 10pm. I don’t like my cell phone waking my family or me up late at night. And, as it pertains to dental emergencies, there’s not much I can or will do at that hour. My phone ringer automatically turns back on at 7am.
This morning I retrieved a voice mail from 10:10pm last night. Here’s a transcript:
I’m always amused at the first-name basis of complete strangers. It’s not that I’m “stuck up” and insist on the “Dr.” title. I honestly don’t care about that. But, even when I call my own long-time physician, I don’t address him by his first name.
I’m not sure where she got the idea that I’m “open 24 / 7.” But, she failed to leave her phone number! Whoops!
I also get folks who leave a number very quickly from a bad cell phone connection, making it impossible to understand. Sometimes they add in extra digits or leave out digits.
I occasionally get a call that will go something like this: “Hi Mike. This is John. I’ve got a toothache. Please call me.” Ummm…. yeah… no, Mr. Drug Seeker.
Another trend I see is calls from people calling on BEHALF of the person with the toothache. I see this a LOT. I find that rather curious.
Are you getting these, too? Got any funny ones? Share in comments below!