The wrong day

@Porcospino (17873)
Denmark
April 19, 2012 6:06am CST
My friend thought that she had dental appointment today, but when she arrived at the clinic they told her that her appointment was yesterday. My friend was very surpriced because she was sure that her appointment was today. Fortunately they were able to squeeze her in today and they weren't angry about the mistake that she had made. When she told me about her experience I remembered an experience that I had in the past. I missed an oral exam, because I had written down the wrong date. I was still asleep when my teacher called. He said: "Where are you? We have been waiting for you" I got a shock, because I thought that I was going to have a relaxing day at home I had got dressed in a hurry, grabbed my books and left the house. When I arrived at the school I talked to my teacher and he told me that they would squeeze me between two of the other students (instead of the break) I was very happy about that and I passed my exam. Have you ever missed an appointment, a meeting, an exam etc because you got the days mixed up? What happened?
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@almond24 (1250)
• Hungary
19 Apr 12
This is so embarrassing, I missed one of my exams too once. The problem was that the teachers were rearranging the exam schedule. I forgot to apply again for the exam and change the date, which happened to be on the same day as another exam. I was able to talk to the teacher - on the day of the exam, so I was so ashamed - and he allowed me to go a few days later, which was the next date for our exams. I think I was lucky. About dental appointments... I never missed any, but it happened that I got the date of the appointment like four months earlier. When I arrived, I got to know that the dentist didn't even work that day, but I was never told.
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@Porcospino (17873)
• Denmark
22 Apr 12
I am happy to hear that you were able to take the exam on a different day. I was also lucky when it happened to me and I was still able to take that exam. I also found it embarrasing and I was angry at myself because I didn't double-check the dates. I have done that since that time, because I don't want to repeat the same mistake again. It is annoying to show up for a dental appointment and find out that the dentist doesn't work that day. My husband and I recently experienced the same thing. My husband had an appointment at the hospital. We drove from our island to the island where the hospital is and when we got there, the doctor wasn't there and my husband had to get new appointment. If wish that they had called us, we could have saved the time and the money we spent on gas.
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@almond24 (1250)
• Hungary
23 Apr 12
They should have called you, knowing that you travel there from a long distance I don't know why they think everybody lives nearby.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
19 Apr 12
Oh no, my dentist is really good at not only sending out a reminder in the mail, but they call the day before to remind us of an appointment. So I never missed any or was late to any dental appointments.
@Porcospino (17873)
• Denmark
19 Apr 12
It nice that you get a reminder when you have an appointment. My dentist doesn't do that, so I have to write the date in my calendar in order to remember the appointment. The clinic where we get our immunisations is good at reminding us when we have an appointment. The the day before the appointment we get an email and on the day where we have an appointment we get a text message.
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• United States
19 Apr 12
Yes it is nice, especially when it comes to the 6 month check-up, that is so far in advance that even if I were to write it down on a calendar, what is the chance I don't think about it and remove the calendar to replace it with another? So I am thankful my dentist does this..
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@Celanith (2334)
• United States
21 Apr 12
The doctor or dentist etc are not always right about missed appointments. I missed one because the doctor's office messed up on the date. They had given me a small appointment card with time and date on it. When I got there they argued I was two days late and I had to reschedule and pay them for the missed day. I showed them the appointment card the receptionist had given me and said this is my appointment date written in your own hand you gave me. It was that day I was not late. The got mad and said well I still had to reschedule and pay for the day they were sure I had missed. I told them. No it was their mistake and I live 42 miles away fit me in. They did not want to but I said then I will go home and call my attorney general and the Better Business and file complaints because I have proof you wrote the wrong day in your book. You wrote today's date on the card you gave me. The fault is your's not mine. Finally they decided to fit me in. I had to wait two hours. Which caused me to not get several other things I needed to do that day. I showed the doctor the card and he went and told the staff that they needed to be more efficient because it was not the first time they messed up. Finally the one woman got fired she kept messing up appointments with a lot of patients writing down the wrong time or day she was rude as well. The clinic fired her from so many complaints.
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@Porcospino (17873)
• Denmark
23 Apr 12
What a bad experience. I would have been really angry in that situation. The appointment card proved that it was their fault and it is definately not fair to ask you to pay for the mistake that they made. Some people find it really hard to admit their own mistakes and it sounds like the staff at that clinic belong to that category. It is a good thing that they finally agreed to fit you in, but it is still annoying that you had to change your plans for the day and didn't get the chance to do the things that you were planning on doing. My dentist once made a mistake as well, but they handled it in a much better way. I had told them that I moved, but they had forgotten to write down my new address so they sent the appointment card to my old address. I didn't show up for the appointment, because I never received the appointment card. They contacted me and asked me why I didn't come and I told them that I didn't know about the appointment and that I never received a letter from them. They discovered that they had forgotten to change my address, and they didn't charge me for the appointment that I had missed, because they admitted that it was their own fault.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 12
Porco, how are you? Have you receive the email which i send to you a month ago through gmail? I ever came across a few times, remembering wrong dates for my exam, interview and even for my dental check-up. I had accidentally marked wrong date on the calendar for my exam. Lucky that one of my friends had called me up to remind me. It is lucky that i still managed to reach the exam hall, in the very last few hours. As for my interview, i came to the company for interview, 2 days earlier. It makes the secretary surprised and asked her boss whether allowed me to have an early interview. I was lucky that the boss is free and ended-up had my interview changed to 2 days earlier. I had managed to get that job and worked for them for a few years.As for my dental check-up, it is really unlucky for me. Because i had missed out the date a week ago. When i called the dental clinic, the nurse was very angry and didn't want to accept my apologized. So, i ended-up need to change to another different dental clinic for my dental appointment.
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@Porcospino (17873)
• Denmark
23 Apr 12
I haven't heard from you since I wrote you last time. I thought that you were very busy since I didn't hear from you, but now I understand that you wrote me, I just didn't receive the email. Please try again, I will let you know if your email has arrived I am happy to hear that you managed to reach the exam hall in time. It was very lucky that you friend called you that day. It was also lucky that you were able to have an early interview when you showed up a couple of days early. It is great that you got the job It was a bad experience that you had at that dental clinic. I don't think that there is a reason to be so angry about it. You didn't do it on purpose, it was a mistake. I hope that your new dental clinic is a better place.
• Philippines
20 Apr 12
To be honest I never miss any meetings or exams, I have to make sure everything will be on schedule then or else I will be having a hard time catching up another time and that would cause me trouble for my day to have many tasks and I cannot do other things if that would happen.
@Porcospino (17873)
• Denmark
23 Apr 12
It is great that you never missed any appointments or exams Unfortunately I can't say the same thing. As I wrote when I started the discussion I once missed an exam. It happened because I had written the wrong date in my calendar. I had written "Monday" in my calendar, but the exam actually took place a few days earlier (on Friday) If it had been the other way around it wouldn't have been a problem and I would have been able to correct the mistake, but the exam took before the date I had written in my calendar. I fortunately I was able to take the exam a little later and I still passed, but it was a shock to receive that phonecall from my teacher, and I have been much more careful since that time.
• Philippines
20 Apr 12
i don't remember having that kind of experience. but i was in a bad situation where i got very angry with the staff of a skin clinic. they sent me an sms telling me that i have an appointment on that day instead. so i immediately travel to go to the skin clinic (which was more than an hour trip by road from where i live). when i got there, i waited for about an hour and when i finally got the chance to be entertained by the woman on desk, she told me that she mistakenly switched the text to another client.grrr. i was really mad at her. anyway, i can't do much anything about it so they just rescheduled me.
@Porcospino (17873)
• Denmark
23 Apr 12
I understand how you feel about that mistake, because I have experienced it the same kind of situation. It is frustrating to drive all the way to another place just to discover that you might as well go back because there is no appointment that day. In the beginning of this month my husband had an appointment at the hospital in another town. We live on another island and it took us a long time to drive there, but when we got there we were told that the doctor wasn't there. My husband got a new appointment, but it was a waste of time and gas to drive there. They could have given him a new appointment on the phone, but they never called us.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
19 Apr 12
I never missed appointmentbut did cancel one. I cancled my eye dr appointment one time when my daughter was in labor. I wanted to be at the hospital with her. Thats the only time I missed appointment. When I have a dr dentist or what ever else I usually lay out my appointment card on the table so I can see it the next day.This way I dont forget.
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@Porcospino (17873)
• Denmark
22 Apr 12
I understand that you chose to cancel that appointment to be with your daughter. Sometimes we have to change our plans when something else becomes more important. I think that it is a good idea to place the appointment card on the table. That way you will see it before you leave. I usually write my appointments down in my calendar. I don't have a very good memory so I prefer to write every meeting, every appointment etc in my calendar.
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
19 Apr 12
Your friend indeed mixed her days up and went on the wrong day to her dental appointment. My brain was a bit foggy in pregnancy. One time I thought my disabled son had an appointment at the children's hospital in the center of the city. It is 20 miles away from our home. I took him up there by train and bus. When I went to the children's hospital I had the surprise the appointment was at French Hay which is way to the north of the city. I phoned the consultant and said sorry. He was quite rude and said don't bother getting a taxi over there. It was 10.40 and the appointment was 11.00 so I thought that he was unreasonable. I would have hated to mix up the days as a student and miss an exam. I was very clear about my exam timetable. These days my disabled son has so many different appointments that it is very easy to get confused about it all.
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@Porcospino (17873)
• Denmark
21 Apr 12
That consultant does sound quite rude. We all make mistakes sometimes and there was no reason to talk to you that way. My friend's dentist handled the situation really well and even offered to squezze her in that day and so that she didn't have to come back another day. I was very angry at myself when I discovered that I had missed that exam. I usually check the time and the date carefully, but that day something went wrong and I had made a mistake when I wrote things down in my calendar. Fortunately I still got my exam, but it was a crazy day, I got a shock when my teacher woke me up and told me about the exam.
@UIUI356 (42)
• China
19 Apr 12
i am so afraid i will miss the exam. i always miss some appointments.The best way i deal with this problem is that i prepare a small notebook in my bag every. everynight i write down what i should do tommorrow and everymorning, i check my notebook. after a month,it becomes my habit.so i do not miss any appoitment any more. maybe you can try in this way. there is an old going in china "GOOD MEMORY IS NOT AS GOOD AS WRITE DOWN".
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@Porcospino (17873)
• Denmark
21 Apr 12
I think it is a very good habit to write everything in a notebook or a calendar Sometimes I forget to check my calendar, but I want to change that. I might forgot something important if I don't check it every day. I hope that it will become a habit for me just like your experience.
@dazzledlady (1624)
• Philippines
19 Apr 12
Funny, I had that experience today. I was late so I rushed over to the review center where I was reviewing then I asked them if I am still allowed to attend the review because I was late. Then they told me that there was no pm session. :D Meaning I missed the AM session and when to the wrong schedule. It was my fault so I did not get angry, it was embarrassing.
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@Porcospino (17873)
• Denmark
19 Apr 12
I am sorry to hear that you missed the review. What kind of review is it? As I wrote when I started the discussion I have made the same mistake. I also found it embarrassing when I missed my exam. Like in your case there was no one to blame, it was my own fault, I should have double-checked the dates. I have done that since that time. My friends laughed when I told them the story, but when it happened I didn't find it funny.
@Sreekala (22959)
• India
19 Apr 12
Hello Porcospino, So far I have not missed any appointment or exam or any other important event because of the wrong information or wrong date. But I heard from one of my friend an incident; somebody booked the train ticket to both way (to go somewhere and return too). The clerk in the railway station booked tickets for the same day, means the travel journey date and return date on the same date. They filled the form for retuning after one month. But the clerk made both tickets for the same day. (just imagine the mistake, how they can return the same day when the travel distance is long for three days). Unfortunately they didn’t check the date and month correctly. After one month they boarded the train to return and find that some other people were sitting in their reserved seats. They started to argue with them, the ticket examiner also came he too could not find what went wrong. Then he contacted the head office, where he got information that one of the ticket was for a date before one month. They get down from the train in next station and catch another train and they traveled in general compartment for 3 days. They lost the money and could not traveled comfortably, just for a simple mistake.
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@Porcospino (17873)
• Denmark
19 Apr 12
Sometimes a simple mistake can cause a lot of trouble. I can imagine their feelings when they discovered the problem with the tickets. It is frustrating lose both seats and money, because the clerk made a mistake. The staff at the train stations in my country also make mistakes sometimes. Some years ago my ex-boyfriend and I were travelling from our town to the city where my parents live. We had made seat reservations, so we found our seat and we were ready to leave. Suddenly a couple showed up and they told us that we were sitting in their seats. We showed them our tickets and the reservation numbers and it turned out that they had exactly the same numbers as us, but the dates on their tickets were wrong. The staff at the train station had made a mistake when they sold them the tickets.
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@sunita64 (6474)
• India
19 Apr 12
Missing of an appointment or exam has never happened, but sometimes very narrowly I miss my friends or relatives birthdays. Usually I am trying to remember the date before one or two days, but something happens that on the specific day it does not come to me that I was trying to remember this very birthday. Now I have started writing down and keep my reminder register near me.
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@Porcospino (17873)
• Denmark
19 Apr 12
I think it is good idea to write down the birthdays of friends and relatives. I am not very good at remembering my friends' birthdays so this year I decided to write every birthday in my calendar. It usually works okay, because I use my calendar every day. So far I have only missed one birthday (I forgot to check my calendar that day) but it is an improvement compared to last year.