Last night I was working my eight hour shift at the hospital and my co-worker, grabs me by my arm and practically drags me into one of the charting rooms. She has red eyes and tells me that one of her female patients she was taking care of, mistook her by accident as expecting…as in pregnant…as in looks big in the waist line such as looking pregnant.
OH MY goodness people!
My co-worker does not in the least bit look pregnant at all! She was merely wearing a long-sleeve shirt (it is
and cold outside already) under her scrub top and the pants she wore looked bunchy in that part of the waist because of the drawstring. Wisconsin
OH MY GOODNESS people!
She was so upset that she must have cried about it. I tried to calm her down saying things like “of course you don’t look pregnant”, and “I’m sure it’s just the patient’s anesthetic”, and “YOU DON’T LOOK BIG”!
But it was hard to change her mind, she kept standing there holding her tummy and sticking it out asking “do I look that fat”? PLEASEEE! I reassured her again that she looked beautiful and not pregnant or fat.
OH MY GOODNESS PEOPLE!
Please, for the greater good of all womankind, be graceful and wise (knowing that if the tables were turned, think of how it would make you feel if the opposite were said about you) before you ask a woman if they’re pregnant or expecting. This is the most ignorant comment anyone could make to a woman who isn’t pregnant. This is hurtful and hard to recover from especially, if like my friend, you’re trying to lose weight. Please especially keep in mind people like me who are trying to get their work done in a timely manner, have to now put on their counselor hat and help build up their co-workers self esteem that has clearly taken a beating.