For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, about 20 hours ago

    You also don’t hear that in a surgeon’s OR when doing an appendectomy or whatever.

  2. Kris Bennett

    Kris Bennett said, about 19 hours ago

    What? Manners don’t matter in a surgeon’s office…

  3. 2old, getting younger!

    2old, getting younger! GoComics PRO Member said, about 19 hours ago

    Amazing that they used to work without gloves and masks.

  4. mischugenah

    mischugenah said, about 19 hours ago

    The annoying part is when they carry those habits home with them (looking at you, Dad).

  5. M2MM

    M2MM said, about 18 hours ago

    Lynn’s Notes:

    This very situation brought my assisting career to an end. Dentistry is a fiddly business with many frustrating procedures. When my husband sharply asked for an instrument or for suction, I expected a polite “thanks” for my efforts, but he just carried on. His brusque manner wasn’t personal — I just took it the wrong way!

  6. trekman58

    trekman58 said, about 17 hours ago

    Not to be a jerk – I do see Ellie’s (and Lynn’s) points however, in a professional environment where time and efficiency are important (sometimes critical in the medical profession) it is understood that the work being done is a team effort and that the ‘praise’ comes at the end of a successful procedure, usually by the team ‘leader’, i.e. dentist, surgeon, etc. There are quite a few jobs where this is so. Imagine the captain of an airliner asking his first officer to ‘please’ do this or that. It is just understood that doing your part is part of the job for which you are a team member, and are paid for it! Well, perhaps not in Ellie’s case!! My two pennies…

  7. Hildegard

    Hildegard said, about 15 hours ago

    And amazingly enough, not only do you receive no paycheck but also are expected to figure out your own lunch. That’s on top of not being able to work for those days. Working in your husband’s dental practice as a sub is simply not worth it.

  8. Retired Dude

    Retired Dude said, about 14 hours ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    I didn’t hear ANYTHING during MY appendectomy.

  9. So  Lonely

    So Lonely said, about 14 hours ago

    Yes he is forgetting the most important thing to say the magic word

  10. gypsylobo

    gypsylobo said, about 13 hours ago

    A doctor or dentist doesn’t say “please” when he asks for something during a procedure. A “thank you” at the end is appreciated, but not necessary.

  11. The Life I Draw Upon

    The Life I Draw Upon said, about 13 hours ago

    Elly needs to grow up.

  12. USN1977

    USN1977 said, about 13 hours ago

    Elly is unaware of the high-energy, intense setting of doctor’s offices, dentist’s offices, and the military. In places where time is of the essence, all employees have to function like a well-oiled machine. So long as there is a proper atmosphere, (i.e., the one in charge is not saying stuff like “gimme the wrench, you goddamn idiots!” et cetera) technicians often understand that their rapid delivery of the needed tool can be a matter of life and death. AFTER the procedure is done there can be time for “thank you” or “job well done”.

  13. goweeder

    goweeder GoComics PRO Member said, about 12 hours ago

    It is a possibility that Elly is now more accustomed to the husband/wife relationship more than a boss/employee relationship.
    And it is also possible that, at home, he DOES say ‘please’ and ‘thanks’ quite often. So she is more aware of the omission. Give them both some slack.

  14. GuiltyBystander

    GuiltyBystander said, about 12 hours ago

    Elly is being a little touchy, but she does have a point when you look at the big picture. How often do you hear people say “please” or “thank you” anymore? Torquemada couldn’t force my grandkids to say either…I once told my oldest grandson that saying “please” or “thanks” takes only a syllable, but it can open doors with people who can help you because you’re showing a modicum of respect. Didn’t take.

  15. Rosanne

    Rosanne said, about 12 hours ago

    Imagine at the dentist’s office “please and thank you” said 25 times for each patient. Waste of time! Your appointment would be 1 1/2 times as long. I want my mouth held open in that most uncomfortable position in as little time as possible. Like someone else said appreciation comes when the busy day is done!

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