The big blue chart drops under my nose where I’m sitting
Right on top of the notes I am writing.
Lucky for me I move my hand just in time to save my fingers from being crushed
“Dr. K, you forgot to write the discharge orders for Mr. So and so.”
The round old nurse huffs and puffs and peers down at me from over her glasses.
I’m getting “the look”
Good. I’m in the mood for a fight
I do my regal head lift,
followed by the arched left brow
I can give “the look” too
“Mr. So and so is not my patient. He’s one of the Staff’s patients. Dr.M is gone from the ward for the day, and you know how he hates to be paged when he’s doing his procedures”.
“I’m willing to help though..
…if you ask nicely”
I smile up sweetly
Ok, not so sweetly
“No problem, there you go, all done”
“You are most welcome”
And since then
me and her
we get along just fine
Dear students, interns, residents, dear everybody,
Remember, you teach people how to treat you. People walk on doormats, so don’t lie down and just take it. Stand up. Nobody can walk over a wall.