Seems like we wait for everything these days; to pay for your groceries, to see the bank teller, and the craziest of all . . . to see the doctor. It's pure insanity to wait an hour and a half to two hours to see a doctor when you are sick or hurting. They ask you sit in their hard, uncomfortable chairs and try not to pass out until you can be seen.
Its nothing to wait an hour before being called back. Then, you wait another 45 minutes before you see the doctor. It drives me nuts that after all this waiting, they want to take your blood pressure and want to know why its so high. Hello?
I'm not above taking a cushion with me. When I ruptured a disc in my back and was in excruciating pain, I would take a memory foam cushion with me every where I went. When I went to a doctor's appointments, I took a cute soft sided bag, threw in a cushion, a book and some magazines. These things helped keep me sane. Take a cushion, a small throw blanket, what ever helps to make you more comfortable.
If you're a writer, take a notebook and pen with you and brainstorm new stories. You never know what could be inspiring; the receptionist, nurse or another patient. If you enjoy drawing, take a sketch pad and charcoals. Sketch the waiting room, doctor or nurse. These could become memory albums.
If you have a party that you need to plan, take a notebook and search the web on your phone for inexpensive ideas of how to make it awesome. You can even mention what you're doing to others and they may offer you ideas. Search pinterest for decorating tips and gift idea.