"When you get those rare moments of clarity, those flashes when the universe makes sense, you try desperately to hold on to them. They are the life boats for the darker times, when the vastness of it all, the incomprehensible nature of life is completely illusive. So the question becomes, or should have been all a long... What would you do if you knew you only had one day, or one week, or one month to live. What life boat would you grab on to? What secret would you tell? What band would you see? What person would you declare your love to? What wish would you fulfill? What exotic locale would you fly to for coffee? What book would you write?"
Sunday, April 10, 2011
I Can't Even Tell You....
"Are you married?"
"Oh...How old are you?"
"Oh....Well, you still have time."
"Are you engaged?"
Me: "Um....because there is no one to be engaged to, yet."
"Oh. Do you have a boyfriend?"
Me: *gets annoyed* "Nope......"
"Oh. Well you still have lots of time."
"Do you have KIDS?"
Why are they so concerned with my marital status???
So today I was curious about this one patient. She was extremely dependant on staff to do everything for her (feed, bathe, etc) and yet was extremely demanding and had a habit of screaming loud enough for the other side of the hall to hear. So I was curious to know where the heck she was living and who was taking care of her and what sort of quality of life she had. So today while I was feeding her, I asked-
"Do you live in a nursing home?" And she screamed no. (She screams everything). "Do you live at home?" ---- > "NO!" ----> "Oh. Well where do you live?" Patient: "Nevermind. Its none of your concern." (Screaming). Me: "Okay. Fair enough."
5 minutes later:
"Are you married?" (screaming)
"Are you engaged?"
"Actually, Its none of your concern." (smiling).
Snippy, I know, but I had to. I just had to. Its the little things. :-)
But she actually smiled, and said, "Fair enough."