Each year I get stuff sent from specialists who want to say “thank you” for sending patients (and oh by the way please send some more).
Are you curious? Wondering what gets sent?
So far this year:
A neurosurgeon, as he does every year, sent a stack of personalized note pads of assorted sizes (actually kind of handy).
An orthopedic surgeon sent a lemon bundt cake. I used to get half a cow or a smoked turkey but I did not refer to him that much this year…
A hand specialist that I don’t refer to anymore sent a huge gift basket of cheap crackers and processed cheese food and dried meats. Blech.
One bottle of wine. I threw away the card without paying attention to who sent it. Thank you, whoever you are!
A rheumatologist that I don’t ever refer to sent one of those tower boxes of candy and caramel popcorn.
A large group of GI specialists sent an expensive pecan pie (makes me want to donate it to a patient that will be seeing them shortly so they can hook up with the pie again on its way out).
There is a giant tin of assorted popcorn flavors from a sleep specialist, for late night snacking.
Another giant bin of flavored popcorn from an ENT.
A card from an opthomologost saying that he made a donation to a charity in my name (I might be blind but I don’t see how much of a donation listed anywhere on the card.)
A big box of Swiss chocolates from a bariatric surgeon. Drumming up business in more ways than one, apparently.
More chocolates from an OB/Gyn. Because, you know, periods…
There is still over a week left before Christmas. No telling what else is gonna show up. The people that I refer to the most, though, never send a single thing and I’m actually quite glad for that.
What are some of the odd things you have gotten from people during the holidays?