Friday, December 02, 2011
I work as a physical therapist assistant in various nursing homes. One of the homes I work in is primarily psychiatric. I worked there today and a resident refused to work with me because she said I was a big man and my belly was too big and I was twice her size. She said several other things but I will omit those. Mind you, she was late in getting her meds and she couldn't help saying what she said but on one hand she was not too far off base. This hit me as a shock because I have actually lost over 30# in the last 2 years and everyone tells me how "good" I look. Obviously, it's not as good as I would like to believe. The groan happened because I went home and was feeling pretty down about what that patient had said to me. My wife said, "go have some M&Ms, I just got some of the cherry ones".... so I did. Why did I eat those M&Ms? It certainly isn't going to make me look smaller in my patient's or anyone else's eyes. I am going to try and use this experience as a positive motivator to not listen to what friends and family say when they tell you to have more food or to eat to feel better. They think they are comforting you and they are trying to make you feel better but in the long run, they are unwittingly sabotaging you.