I’ve not hesitated about pointing out the silly things people have said around me and how it hurst my feelings. In this emotional post almost a year ago, from my Lotsa Helping Hands site, I rambled about it.
Well, yesterday I was guilty of the same dumb thing.
I had just finished my CT scan. Sitting in a cozy chair, about to get my blood drawn, I asked the nurse for a quick water break. I blurted out, “Ya know, not drinking hours before the CT is like having my right arm cut off!” I grabbed my bottle and started chugging.
While gulping I thought What the hell did you just say? Not drinking for a few hours is NOTHING like not having an arm. What if the man with one mechanical leg in the waiting room heard me? Or what if the one-armed phlebotomist heard you? (Seriously, I had a one-armed phlebotomist when I was at Kaiser…she was very capable and I got to practice not being so judgmental. Win-win!)
Minutes later I screwed on my bottle top and said to the nurse, “Well, that was a really foolish thing I just said. Shame on me for comparing a drinking hiatus to not having a body part. You never know who you are talking to… or who is listening. Wow, I acted like an idiot.”
She smiled but had no words to go along with it.
I too am guilty of saying foolish things. This time I owned up to it. Maybe next time I won’t blurt it out…or better yet, not think it.