Just a laugh

By harry1 Latest Reply 2014-03-24 10:05:57 -0500
Started 2014-03-23 09:18:25 -0500

When I was in the hospital in January I had a foreign doctor come into my room. He started talking to me I could not understand him I asked him where in the hell is the number 1 button so that I could push it for English. The two nurses that he had with him started laughing but he got pissed off at me.He never did come back.

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GabbyPA 2014-03-24 10:05:57 -0500 Report

Actually, this sounds like something my husband would have said. We just got him home from a 2 week stay and all of his doctors but one had accents from different countries. One was very pretty, so he didn't mind that one. LOL It's a shame that he got pissed off. They need to understand that communication has to be both ways. He should have laughed and it might have been what you needed to break the ice.

This is where having an advocate can really help. When his doctors would come in, I tried to be there and ask the 100 questions to make sure I was understanding him, and they understood me. You have to be rather bull dogish if your humor is not working.

jayabee52 2014-03-23 18:03:04 -0500 Report

Howdy Harry,
From reading your conversations below, it was good that he didn't come back. If he had no functional English, what the heck was he doing in the hospital as an intern at all? That seems like the hospital was crusing for a malpractice action against them for what he might do though misunderstanding of the language.

Praying for improving health for you


Type1Lou 2014-03-23 11:07:53 -0500 Report

While it can be frustrating, especially when in the hospital and not feeling well to begin with, if the doctor was speaking English with an accent, did you even make an effort to try and understand what he was saying? While your comment was humorous, how was your attitude? I'm sensitive about this because my Mom was an immigrant, non-native English speaker who learned English but always had an accent. IMHO, it's mean-spirited to diss people just because they speak with an accent. How many languages do you speak?

harry1 2014-03-23 14:52:21 -0500 Report

I tried to understand him but I couldn't I even asked the nurses as to what he said and they didn't know. I'm 100 percent Native American Indian. This doctor was not my doctor and had no right being in my room I found this out when my regular doctor came in. She told me that he was an intern and its marked in my chart no students or interns allowed so he must not understand English writing either. My attitude was poor I was coming off of a high I had a bad patch of insulin which caused me to go there and he also woke me up at 5 am.So who would not be in a grouchy mood.

Type1Lou 2014-03-23 15:42:09 -0500 Report

I agree…we're not at our best when in the hospital and not feeling good. Hope you're doing better now.

harry1 2014-03-23 15:53:34 -0500 Report

Thank you, I saw what interns did to my mother-in-law they kept putting her on pills without taking her off of any. They messed her up that the PCP couldn't figure it out. This is why I say no student nurses or interns.