This afternoon, I and a friend went with a third friend to be supportive during some medical testing (she may have cancer.)
Friend A was called in for her tests, leaving friend B and myself in the waiting room. There were about a dozen other people there, some by themselves and some with a companion. Nobody was talking much except for a little murmuring here and there. There wasn’t even a TV in the waiting room, nor piped music. And the office staff were all behind sliding glass partition so no noise from those quarters either. So it was quiet.
Friend B resumes a conversation we’d been having on the drive there, involving a somewhat complicated and lengthy family situation she was embroiled in. Thing is, with everyone else being pretty quiet, her rehashing to me of grievances and who said what to whom was ringingly audible to everyone else in the room, whether they wanted to hear it or not.
I felt uncomfortable because I thought it was somehow inappropriate. Especially since this was a pulmonary oncology center, so patients are dealing with some pretty serious shit, most likely. It’s not like waiting to buy concert tickets, or in an airport lounge or something. I ended up making some sort of excuse to go out to my van so she would stop with the long story because I couldn’t think of a way to hush her without making the situation more uncomfortable.
So, basically, is this rude and inappropriate behaviour, or is it just me, and for all I know the other people waiting were enjoying the diversion?