The Other Side of the Story - A Turn for the Nurse

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A Turn for the Nurse

My mother was hospitalized here in Jerusalem with a broken hip. She only spoke English and was hard of hearing. Her hands trembled and she was disoriented. I explained her situation to the nurses, explaining that she needed assistance eating. I asked them to please feed her breakfast until I could arrive the next morning.

At 11 the next morning I arrived to find her breakfast tray on her nightstand, untouched. Didn't they understand the message I had so clearly detailed, that she needed assistance eating?

Not wanting to antagonize the nurses, I walked slowly towards the desk trying to decide how to best broach the issue.

Just then, one of the nurses came towards me, saying: "Your mother came up a half hour ago from a procedure. We were waiting for her to calm down before feeding her." And she ran ahead, into the room to warm up the farina.

Submitted by an Ohrnet reader in Jerusalem

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Based on "The Other Side of the Story" by Mrs. Yehudis Samet, ArtScroll Series

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