No excuse

Today I had two patients that were mean. They were both old ladies, they were both sick enough to be admitted, they both had very nice family members with them. But they were just so mean.

I hate to even go into detail, because just thinking about it gives me the sick stomach feeling I had all day. So I won’t.
What kills me was that one of them is a former nurse.

I just don’t understand why people ever feel they have to be mean to their nurses. Do they feel they have to control us, or that we’re out to get them? Do they think we only want to hurt them or take something from them? Do they think we get vicious pleasure out of doing them harm?

I just don’t get it.

I believe, and I think my husband and kids do too, that there’s really never a reason to be mean to someone. It costs nothing to be courteous, it diminishes you in no way at all.

I just don’t get it. Life’s too short for that crap.