The Heart of a Scrub Nurse
I was still in excruciating pain after my low-back cortisone injection. In the recovery room, the attending nurse started barking orders at me about what I need to do when I got home. Something in me snapped.
I blasted her, “You need to get some lessons in communication. I’m not interested in being yelled at.” This made her furious. She turned on her heel, “I’ve had enough, I’m going home!” She stormed out, slamming the door. That was a year and a half ago.
I felt bad about the whole encounter. I kept thinking “If I have to go back for another treatment, I sure as hell don’t want to see nurse Ratched again.”
But guess what? I recently had to go in for a cortisone tune-up. Sure enough, she was there along with other nurses and orderlies taking care of patients who were coming through for cortisone shots. When she came to help me get ready for the procedure, she clearly did not remember me. She was quite friendly and supportive in helping me relax in preparation for my injection. I kept thinking, “Should I reach out to her about what happened between us?”
After the injection was over, I was in the recovery room. She came to see how I was doing. I said, “I don’t know if you remember me, but a while back you were attending to me after my cortisone injection. I took issue with how you were talking to me, and I blasted you. I want to apologize for being so touchy and insensitive. I was in a great deal of pain and very anxious about what was happening. Today, I see you are most helpful and caring for me and other patients, so I want to let you know that I regret any hurt that I caused you out of my own pain and uncertainty. “
Her eyes welled up with tears . Clearly what I said brought back the pain of that interaction. She held tightly onto my arm, and said “Thank you, you have made my day.”
Suddenly, I felt close to her. I had a new friend. Going home, I felt light and happy with our interaction. If I need another treatment, which is likely, I will look forward to seeing my new friend.
January 6th Committee: “No One is Above the Law.”
“No one is above the law” according to the January 6th. committee members and television commentators. Like other cliches, “All men are created equal,” this is complete nonsense designed to make the “little people” feel good. Tons of people are above the law. The law works differently depending on your wealth and skin color.
Example 1: Steve Bannon has been indicted on charges ranging from money laundering and conspiracy to contempt of Congress. Guaranteed: Bannon will do no prison time. With a net worth of $20M, he will have the best defense attorneys in the business. Also, Ivy League elites do not put other Ivy League (Harvard) elites in prison. Period.
Example 2: Dayonn Davis, a 15-year old black honor student in Columbus, Georgia was given a five year prison sentence for stealing a pair of Nike shoes.
Dayonn Davis is certainly not above the law, and Steve Bannon is WAY above the law.
My wife, Mary, and I have a $5 bet whether or not Bannon will go to prison. Watch these pages to see who walks away with the big bucks.
Example 3: Donald Trump faces a hot steaming mess of criminal and civil cases from inciting the Jan 6th riots, to tax evasion, to election interference, the list goes on and on. Twenty two cases in all. Even though Trump will likely be indicted on some of these, he will never do prison time.
The Justice Department is in one hell of bind on this. If Trump gets off, then the system is corrupt, signaling to other future politicians, “You can do whatever you want.”
If, on the other hand, he is indicted, tried, and convicted, there is a real danger of civil unrest across the country. Remember, he has something like 30% support with people who are huge Second Amendment supporters and are heavily armed. I do not envy Merrick Garland right now.