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I'm Tired of Responsible-I'm Letting My Crazy Out
Although my main job at work is circulating nurse, when you work in an ambulatory surgery center you also have many other jobs. One of the jobs I get stuck with is calling the patients prior to them coming to our center to assess them and make sure they are not going to die while they visit. This is a challenging job, because people often will not admit they are sick. It is also challenging because, being a high-end surgery center in the Washington DC area we deal with many "high maintenance" individuals.
What do I mean by "high maintenance"? Well, yes, some of these people are famous, many are important, but most are downright crazy! Dragging information out of these people is like pulling teeth. I will ask if they have high blood pressure. They answer no. Having already asked them about their medication, I know they take medicine for high blood pressure. When questioned they tell me they haven't had high blood pressure since they started taking their pill. OoooKkkaaay...I guess they don't understand that the pill keeps their blood pressure under control.
Those are the easy ones...the hard ones want to know why I am asking all of these questions. Yesterday, after using all of my standard replies...the anesthesiologist wants to review your history...we need to know you are healthy enough to come to an outpatient facility...etc, I told one lady, "we need to make sure we are not going to kill you." She became a little more willing to share after that.
Some days are not so difficult, but yesterday must have been a full moon. After arguing with 5 people about why we needed their health history. I was speaking to a co-worker about all the crazy people we get. I told her I was tired of being responsible. She replied that we are all a little crazy some of us just control it better. I told her I was tired of controlling it, I wanted to be crazy!
She and another woman found this very funny. However, I was serious. I have been too serious for too long. I never used to be. I used to be fun-loving and funny. Somewhere along the way I became serious and responsible. I decided yesterday, life is too short to be serious and responsible. I am regressing and becoming fun-loving again.
I must say, I shocked a few people with my comments yesterday. Comments I usually hold in because they are rude or uncaring. Oh well, I am tired of holding it in and being responsible, sensible and respectable. I am reverting. I am tired of responsible, I am letting my crazy back out!