A few weeks ago I was sitting in a large medical waiting room. Several specialists share the office so the waiting room is quite large. I was flipping through the magazines waiting for my turn to see the physician. Like most medical offices patients announce themselves to the receptionist and then take a seat.
I mentioned I was flipping through the magazines. Not the sports ones. I draw a blank at anything sports related. Why am I sharing this fascinating fact with you? To let you know that when a man entered the waiting room and proceeded to the reception desk even I knew who he was. – a very well known sports celebrity.
What did I do? Continued to flip through the magazines.
What did a few others do? “I know you! You’re…”
The man was very gracious and answered their questions while waiting to see his specialist. Someone even asked him why he was there.
I was taken back to my days as an X-Ray Technologist. I worked in a centre that was used by insurance companies, therefore many celebrities had appointments for routine x-rays for insurance reasons. It would have been so inappropriate and unprofessional to ask for an autograph from a celebrity clutching their flapping hospital gown. They were treated like any other patient.
I felt uncomfortable for the sports celebrity at my last appointment. He was gracious but should have been allowed to sit and flip through the magazines like the rest of us. There is often a look of. I know that you know that I know who you are, but please, leave famous people alone. Especially at something as private and personal as a medical appointment.