Post-Sunday 1/22/23-no one is looking at you

The post-it reads “Don’t worry, healthcare workers do not judge your body. We judge how difficult your particular body habitual will make our job.”

If I had a nickel for every time someone apologized for not shaving ‘down there’, I would be rich. Not retired, just rich.

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked for us to do liposuction while they are under anesthesia, I’d be rich.

I am not sure what it says about our society that patients who are ill, and coming for emergent surgery are so hung up on their appearances. And what we can do for that, or that we would be judging them for that.

Some patients, especially when sent over from the office to be admitted, go HOME. And shower, and change, and shave. Or let the dog out, or clean the kitchen, bent over in agony, in case their friends and family who are coming to take care of the children, or the dogs, or the cats judge them because a plate is left out or the coffee maker is not set-up for them. This is because they don’t want to be judged. Or they pack a bag, anticipating a hospital stay when most people go home from surgery.

Often this delays their care.

And delays other surgeries.

Not our job to be judges at a beauty contest. Our job is to take care of you.

We see scores of bodies weekly and do not judge any of them.

Please don’t delay your own care to go home and run around making sure that the people who are coming to take care of you are not inconvenienced.

Just come on in!

The rest will take care of itself.

One thought on “Post-Sunday 1/22/23-no one is looking at you

  1. If patients only knew how busy we are in surgery they’d see we don’t have time to judge. We’re focus on keeping them safe & alive. That’s it!

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