We’ve all been laid up in a hospital at one time or another, some more seriously than others.
While stuck there, being greeted by visitors can certainly bring you comfort–at least if they act friendly, interested, and not too challenging.
But if they don’t, visitors can make you wish you were dying.
The five worst types are:
(5) The ones who come without warning.
These narcissists couldn’t be bothered to call ahead and see if you felt like having visitors, or if maybe you were going to be busy getting a CAT scan, a blood test, or a bedpan change. They just breeze in unannounced and expect you to jump out of your coma to attention. If you’re sleeping for the first time in days, they want you to perk up and entertain them. They’re basically doing this for themselves. They suck!
(4) The ones who make it known how miserable they are having to be there.
They bitch about how they hate hospitals, sit there squirming and texting, then roll their eyes and leave after 10 minutes. Finally! These visitors actually make you feel worse. As a hospital visitor, you need to subvert your own agenda and try to show a little sincerity for that chunk of time. Fake it if need be!
(3) The ones who can’t help but relate your experience to theirs.
“You think you’ve got problems with your final-stage terminal illness? Well, when I was a kid, I came to this very hospital and got my tonsils taken out! It was terrifying! They almost lost the pincers! Years later, I had a nose job done down the street, and that was scary too! It hurt like hell and it didn’t heal and look gorgeous for weeks! So don’t complain, bubbie!”
(2) The ones who come with wilted black roses and a look of dire concern, tsk-tsking as if you were already three feet under.
You want to shriek, “I’m just here for laryngitis!”
(1) The one who know exactly what you need to do, which first of all involves leaving that very hospital.
“I read in such-and-such magazine that there are better neurological centers out there. You’d better get yourself out of here and go to one of those places immediately. This one doesn’t have a high rating! If it were a restaurant, it would be ‘Grade Pending’! And speaking of which, the food looks like bird crap!”
This even though you’re laying there hooked to hundreds of tubes and not exactly in any position to jump up and change courses!
But of course you do still have the power to say, “Would you mind leaving me alone? I really need to rest, darling.”