A Letter to My Difficult Patient

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Dear Difficult Patient,

Before you scream at me for not being in your room on time...

Before you throw me your food tray for not giving you your pain medicine when you ask for it...

Before you try to hit me because you're withdrawing from your addiction...

Can you try to understand that I am trying the best that I can? 

Can you see beyond yourself that I have FOUR other patients in need?

Can you just bear with me at all, for we are short-staffed today?

Can you stop calling patient relations because nothing makes you happy?

Would you try to understand that I am trying the best that I can?

Would you believe me when I say that I really care about you?

Would you stop cursing me out if I give you what you want?

Would you appreciate me after I give my all to you?

Will you understand then that I am trying the best that I can?

 

Sincerely,

Your Nurse

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