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It’s no secret around these parts that I do work in healthcare. I don’t talk about it too much because well it’s like my big girl job that pays the bills which unfortunately my fabulous little space here doesn’t. I really wish it did though! Anyways….so I try not to tell people what I do that often mainly because this is how it usually goes. Well it goes a few ways actually.
“Ohhhhh you’re a Nurse Practitioner I have a cousin that is like a medical assistant that’s like the same thing right?”
“Do you think this is blood in what I just coughed out?”
“So I’m taking this medicine it’s for a sinus infection”*wrong* (I know it’s for something else but okay I’ll play along) “and it says I can’t drink on it…..like does that mean like not at all or just less than I usually do?”
My personal favorite is when people start talking about something that they clearly have no business talking about related to a various health condition. I usually don’t poke the cage because I’m not interested in furthering the conversations but once in a while I can’t help it and feel the need to gently correct inform them.
Last thing. You thought the man cold was bad….trying being in the healthcare field. The symptoms are exponentially worse.
In all fairness I absolutely love my job. I honestly love going to work (I mean I miss my bed don’t get me wrong). I have a great team that I work with and 98% of the time my patients are kiddos are great. Plus if you give a sticker to a kid you are now their best friend. Oh and kids will tell you everything! I had one tell me the other day his chest was hurting because he was carrying the beer out of the boat for his parents #busted
They will also make you sweet chevron bracelets like this.
So does this happen to you? Do people find out what you do and then the onslaught of questions come? My other healthcare peeps what are the most gross or annoying things people have said to you once you opened Pandoras box and told them what you do?