I am not, by nature, a patient person. I hate waiting - for anything.
This is the reason I don't like making hair appointments or doctor appointments or any other appointments really, ahead of time. I call the doctor's office the day I need to go in. If they don't have anything available for that day, I get 'first available'. I generally do walk-in hair cuts and if I walk-in and they wait is more than 10 minutes, I go elsewhere. Hate waiting.
Over the years, though, I have managed to secure a small measure of patience - or at least the ability to hide my impatience. LOL
Yesterday was a test of my ability. You see, Max has been sick. Not that he's an altogether 100% healthy cat anyway - what with his recurring mouth infections - but over the weekend, he was bad. He didn't want to eat or drink. All he wanted was to be left alone. (Another thing I hate doing.) By Monday, I had to admit that I'd done all I could and I called a veterinarian. They said bring him in but because they were already booked solid, he'd have to stay all day and they'd get to him when they could.
So, we dropped him off first thing and we came home to wait... and wait... and wait... I finally decided to lay down for a nap because we hadn't slept the night before and I was freakin' tired. Just as I was about to doze off, the phone rang.
Luckily, it was just a flare-up of his mouth infections and not his liver or kidneys going bad. He'll be able to come home today, most likely. I have to call over there in a while to see if we're still a go for that. So I woke up this morning to more waiting. And I really hate waiting.
Now, lest you think I'm all impatience personified, I have learned. I send out queries and I wait, because that's what one does. I don't bother people. Hey, I didn't call the vet every hour for an update, even though I was worried and even though we had to discuss the possibility of letting Max go to the big litterbox in the sky. I waited. I just hated it while I was doing it. Just like I hated the 6 month lead time period for that submission to that publisher. And the Oct 2012 to Jan 2014 wait for an answer from that other place (even after they said they'd get us all an answer earlier... and then again... and then...). But I did it.
Of course, waiting is easier to manage if you have something to keep your mind off it. Like this post. When I started typing, I had 20 minutes left to wait, and now I can go make the call and see if Max can be picked up.
How do you feel about waiting? Are you good at it?
Update: I have to wait until after 11am now. Arrghh!!