Okay, getting a call from someone who misdials is not the end of the world. We get them all the time. A local pediatrician's office is one number different from ours. I can't tell you how many times we get calls about 8 am when parents with sick kids try to call in and get an appointment or a prescription called in.
If we're not by the phone, the answering machine takes it. Now, you'd think if you were calling for something as important as a sick kid, you might listen to the recorded message which does NOT say: So-And-So Pediatrics, or Dr. So-And-Sos office. Nooooooo! They go right ahead and leave a message giving their name (but usually no return number) asking for a call back. Ain't gonna happen.
And then there's the SCARY wrong number. The one that comes in the middle of the night, or way too early in the morning when you know it ain't going to be Mr. L's sister or my brother calling. That's the call you don't want. That someone is ill or dying. (Been there, done that. Will never recover from it.) The false alarm is just as jarring.
The other day, we got a call at 6:14 am. Normally I'm up at that time. On that morning, I'd been awake half the night, and had finally dropped off to sleep less than an hour earlier. After being jarred awake, I fumbled to find the phone, picked it up and, yup--it was for the pediatrician's office--only this time it was a doctor from one of the local hospitals looking to track down a patient's primary care physician.
No going back to sleep for me, but I found myself still shaking from that rude (scary) awakening for another five minutes.
What's bugging you today?