I’ve often said that reading in medical office waiting rooms should be its own genre. Medical office reading material should be better and so should the lighting (florescent overhead lights do nothing but make sick people look sicker, and the sick do not want to read old Real Simple magazines).
My heart is already pounding. My blood pressure is already high. What will they find?
Surely appropriate medical office waiting room reading is not Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal. Or Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey. Both are wonderful books, but when I am in a medical office waiting in a humbling paper “gown,” a person like me wants reading options that are a distraction from mortality, illness, and A Nation In Pain.
I want comfort books. Books about rehabbing houses in rural England or France (or Italy, whatever) and cozy mysteries.
Books that pat your hand and soothingly tell you everything will be alright, dear are the kind of reading material that should be MANDATORY in every medical office waiting room.
Patients! Let us begin by setting up little there, there, dear little free libraries in medical office waiting rooms across the nation, stocked with cozies and Peter Mayle and Under The Tuscan Sun.