From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

March 7

Communicating with our patients can be a real challenge. Do they really understand what we’re asking?

One young man, for example, called the hospital, shouting,“You gotta help! My wife is going into labor!”

The nurse said,“Stay calm. Is this her first child?”

“No,” he cried urgently.“This is her husband!”

Maybe to communicate more clearly, we simply need to ask for what we need.

A new patient at the clinic finished filling out his health history form. The nurse noticed that under “sex” he checked both “M” and “F”—then wrote in “and if I’m feeling strong enough, sometimes on Wednesday, too.”

Maybe patients just can’t hear us.

One man boasted,“I have a new hearing aid.”

“What kind is it?”

“One o’clock.”

Karyn Buxman

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