Friday, May 20, 2011

Words of Wisdom

Yesterday I was taking care of an otherwise healthy 82 year old man with a nasty FOOSH injury when he said that I looked quite sad. I was actually quite happy except for the fact that I was starving and couldn't stop fantasizing about the ginger beef noodles in my lunch bag the entire time I was getting him prepped for the OR. I guess my hungry face is the same as my sad face which makes sense because when I'm hungry, I'm sad. Since this poor guy had been NPO longer than me, I decided it would be a wise idea to keep my yap shut. Before I had a chance to explain myself, he took my hand in his good hand, looked at me straight in the eye and said with the utmost sincerity, 'sweetheart, the world is large and you're insignificant so do whatever the hell ya want because no one will give two hootin' shits about it tomorrow!' Well said sir, well said!

24 comments:

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

good philosophy on the way of the world.

Humincat said...

I LOVE that!

Zazzy Episodes said...

Absolutely phenomenal advice, I love it.

Community RN said...

Awww I love that. I adore when Pt's are like that.

xx
C. RN

Albinoblackbear said...

I miss feisty old dudes!!

Great advice and definitely words to live by. Glad you posted them!

=)

Peny@home medical equipment said...

That's the reason why many people adore and love grannys, eh. Blame their experience and old age for the way they understand young ones. Love the story.

Kim said...

OMG - aint' it da truth! :D

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"Before I had a chance to explain myself, he took my hand in his good hand, looked at me straight in the eye and said with the utmost sincerity, 'sweetheart, the world is large and you're insignificant so do whatever the hell ya want because no one will give two hootin' shits about it tomorrow!"

Wow! This is definitely words of wisdom from the one who had gone through life and a man who had aged well. He is surely a kind patient, eh.

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The Nerdy Nurse said...

The elderly are full of such wisdom!

I think I would have burst into a fit of giggles if I had a patient make that statement to me.
When I get old I'm likely going to be just like him, Say what I want and when I want. I've held it in for far too long.

Just an Intern said...

Awesome. "Since this guy had been NPO longer than me"...haha I understand.
But I bet he got to lay around in bed all day right? :)

Great blog!

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Fresh Garden said...

Wonderful! Fantastic!
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Anonymous said...

Are you still alive?

nursing informatics said...

Nothing like straight up, no holds barred, experienced advice. I should make that into a tshirt!!!

Halie (Scrubs Editor) said...

I love it when wisdom comes from the most unlikely patient sources!

Nadia said...

Hehe I would I have never expected that from a 82 yr old man haha

Scrubs said...

Love it when patients make you think! Great story, and thank you for sharing!

BitterSweet said...

I love that too! :}

NewGradNurse said...

I love patients like this!