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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I had one of those " have I really made any progress moments today". I am a speech pathologist. I had to evaulate a hospice patient who was having difficulty swallowing. He has lost 40 lbs and is skin and bones. I was educating him on some ways to add calories and nutrition to his diet so that he could maintain or gain some weight. He says to me " I could use some of your weight". Hospice patient or not, I wanted to punch him in the teeth. Instead, I just smiled and said, "I'd love to give you some." Really? Who says that to someone? How did he expect that would make me feel? I let it bother me more than I should have. I should have said "You should have seen me 43 pounds ago!" I know I still have a long way to go, but I don't need strangers pointint it out.
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  • SAHM579
    Blech, it's amazing what people think is appropriate to say; even if he's hurting, that's so inappropriate. You are not alone in the "are you kidding me?" boat. I've gotten used to my parents candor (which thankfully swings both ways, positive and negative), but it hurts when you get blindsided like that. Regardless of what that man says, however, you are doing such an amazing job, keep it up! emoticon
    3114 days ago
    My future mother-in-law has that same type of candidness. It's annoying, right? Don't let em get to you. Confidence is an attractive quality.
    3115 days ago
    I'm sorry :( I've gotten some comments like that too before....and today in class (pta student) we were palpating bones and a peer of mine was trying to find one of my bony landmarks and said "yeah you can feel it better on skinny people" now...I am not "skinny" as in ...size 0...but I think I'm slim....I was offended..but I forgot about it...dont worry about the old guy...they have no filter and he probably can't see very well anyway! emoticon
    3115 days ago
    So sorry Ashlee! My sister had a similar episode at an auction back at the first of the year. She just couldn't help herself when the same said person was blown away that she lost over 80 pounds...she said, "Guess I'm NOT the big girl, am I?"

    Keep up the good work!

    3115 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1035627
    I'm sorry - many times people speak without thinking. Perhaps it was a case of "the grass is greener". He was only looking at you and thinking that he would love to be back at a larger weight... and didn't put it correctly. Try to shrug it off, if you can. emoticon
    3115 days ago
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