Thursday, August 6, 2015


I was in the ER waiting for some testing to be done when this harridan came right into my personal space and shoved her hand with a pill and glass of water into my face.

"Uh, what's that?" I asked.
"Take it!" she demanded.  "It's for fever."
"Understood," I replied, "but what is it?"
"I already told you!  Now take it!"

I got that was late at night and she was super stressed, so I decided to do a gentle end run.

"Thank you," I say smiling benevolently.  "Give it to me and I will take it."

"Oh no!  No way!" she spat.  "I want to see you actually swallow that pill!"

I did try gentle.  I believe in gentle…
But hey, Guru, when gentle doesn't work…

"Lady," I said loud enough for everyone around us to hear.

"This is not an Insane Asylum where you have to make sure the crazies don't 'cheek' their meds!"

OK, I was sounding a wee bit crazy, but cheesh…

And you want to know the really interesting thing?
Not only did she back off, but when I ran into her later she was sooo nice…

What do ya say?
Can you let yourself give it the old heave ho when you really need to?

*Nurse Ratched (aka Big Nurse) is a wonderful character in Ken Kesey's 1962 book 'One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.  If you've never read it, check it out.

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