Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Close Enough to Forget: Terrible Nurse

About this series:  We all need encouragement, to be reminded we matter. Sometimes the nearest and dearest to us get the least of that needed encouragement. We've all spread ourselves too thin at times leaving little reserved for the ones we've committed to give to most, our spouse. So we're going to do something about it. We're going to focus on the ones living right under our own roof, sleeping in our own bed. But no worries if you're spouse-free. You can apply the encouragement to someone in your life who needs it: children, co-workers, friends, family members. Any soul will do because we all long to know we are seen and heard. Wherever you see "spouse," substitute someone else's name.  So grab a cup of coffee or whatever it is you're drinking today, and get ready to give a little. You'll be glad you did.

I’m a terrible nurse.

There, I admit it. I’m just not very good at it. I enjoy routine, and someone being sick messes up the routine. I’m selfish. I don’t like someone coughing right next to me in the middle of the night or the sound of someone throwing up in the bathroom.

I think the biggest reason I’m a terrible nurse is because the golden rule doesn’t apply to me when someone else is sick. When I’m sick or not feeling well, I want to be left alone. I don’t want you to wipe my forehead with a wet rag. I don’t want you to rub my back. I don’t want you to sit with me and ask me how I’m doing. I just want to take my medicine, watch the history channel and get better. I want to sleep by myself and be left to my misery.

So when the shoe is on the other foot, I have to do the opposite of what I would want. I have to think to myself, “what would irritate me the most right now?” and then do that really irritating thing for my loved one. I have to go against my natural instincts and do this thing which is so . . . not me. I don’t want to do it, but I do it.

Right now you’re saying to yourself, “what is this guy doing?” This is the worst blog post ever on encouraging those who live close to us. You might be right. Let me see if I can salvage this.

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