Originally Posted by heatherhoney
Darling Caroline, One of the first things a student nurse must learn is respect for her patients. I find the term "little ladies" and "so cute" disrespectful and condescending. If you described my mum in this way, I would give you a piece of my mind madam.
Thank you for your comment on how the phrases "little ladies" and "so cute" can be intrepreted. Language and culture color so much of what we understand, don't you think? Even though our countries have a common language, the meaning of that language seems to vary in many ways. In my part of the world, "litle old lady/little lady" and "so cute" can most certainly be considered respectful endearments. I wonder what other phrases have the potential to cause offense or misunderstanding between us... I hope you take the time to enlighten us as your association with NV continues!
Now for my own little old lady story:
Once upon a time I worked part-time as a hospital patient care services supervisor and part-time as a life flight nurse. Early during the day as a house supervisor I was given a flu shot. I then worked all day and quit in time to assume my scheduled flight shift. I was not feeling well, but thought I could provide adequate care. My first flight of the night was to accompany a little old lady (whose hip prothesis had yet once again failed) from a small hospital to a very much larger one. The sky was bumpy and I began to feel quite ill. But my patient needed me. Her pain was under control, but she was now nauseated. As I turned in my seat to get a medication the small plane in which we were flying abruptly tilted to the right and dropped like a rock. When our sideways slippage stopped, I closed the med box and pick up a biohazard bag. After I had very noisily emptied the contents of my stomach, the little old lady reached toward me with one gentle old hand. "Oh, dear!" she exclaimed. "Did I make you sick?"
Little old ladies! You have got to love them!!