Dear Nurse Marge,
Can you explain to me why people persist in asking me medical questions if they’re not going to listen to the answers? My aunt calls me CONSTANTLY about her diabetes and high blood pressure — then keeps right on eating Big Macs and slurping down milkshakes!
Why bother asking? It’s not like I have a ton of free time and I don’t like wasting it!
Annoyed in Albany
Why does your aunt ask you instead of her doctor? Well, for one, it’s cheaper than paying for an office visit and ignoring what the doc has to say! She doesn’t have to drive to the office, make an appointment, or deal with insurance paperwork.
In fact, I’ve got a few questions for you myself…
Seriously, you can help your aunt cut down on calling you by charging her a small fee every time she calls. (I recommend $20 — just like a co-pay!) And make sure to only take her calls when it’s a time convenient for you. That’ll cut down on your resentment at being ignored…and all those $20s can fund your own retail therapy program!