‘I like video games, but they’re really violent. I’d like to play a video game where you help the people who were shot in all the other games. It’d be called ‘Really Busy Hospital’.
– Demetri Martin
Each time we are faced with a health scare that disrupts our normal routine, the experience always puts things into a different perspective.
At least for me.
Having spent the last few months frequently in and out the hospital, I am growing in appreciation for the ‘simple’ everyday things I take for granted. For sure, a few weeks (maybe) months down the line, I will be settling back into the rut of everyday forgetfulness that comes with doing life.
However, I must say that I am very grateful for the NHS here in Scotland and I don’t think I will be forgetting about my gratitude very quickly.
I have heard people complain about the services and treatment they received whilst receiving care and I have listened to some people of black and African origin complain about being treated slightly differently such as tones may be slightly tenser, care and service slightly slower or at the receiving end of a bad attitude. Generally, being treated like the ‘foreigner’.
Well, I beg to differ!
To start with, if I were in their (NHS staff and for this particular reference, maternity ward staff) shoes (which are well worn by the end of the day from scurrying about like a rabbit being chased while tring to care for pregnant and nursing women) and had to work 12 long hour shifts, expected to teleport faster than flash at the sound of that infernal buzzer, use lifts that run on Windows 98′ OS with 16-bit RAM, attend and care for a patient list that is never-ending, on a capped wage that could do with a boost (this I have known from listening to the news) while wearing a smile and sounding as chirpy as Mary Poppins each time… Then, I would be somewhat cryptic, slow (this I came to appreciate is not their fault) and extremely exhausted before the day runs out.
No, the NHS is not all that it should be, however, I am grateful for all that it is.
So a little smile, a little patience (and a wee bit more), a little ‘Thank You’, sprinkled with a little heart of love will go a long way to make a midwife’s, Support Worker’s, Doctor’s, Surgeon’s, receptionist’s, cleaner’s (and a host of others’) day.
Bottom line, the next time you walk into your local GP, maternity or hospital, how about you show some love (if you don’t already). And if that is too much to ask (mmhmm), smile and pretend you just won the lottery.
Those men and women deserve better.
“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get”
(From the Bible, book of Matthew 7 verse 12).