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Topic: Oops (01/14/10)
TITLE: Tongue Tied
By AnneRene' Capp
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Being the youngest and newest Admissions Clerk at a Catholic Hospital, I was determined to prove my worthiness as both an efficient and compassionate co-worker.
Unfortunately, one such opportunity proved to leave my peers in an alarmed state of surprise and disbelief, not to mention myself!
I was admitting an exceptionally polite, yet timid teenage boy accompanied by his particularly well mannered father. As I opened his admission pack to begin the registration process, he enthusiastically pulled a wrist band from a previous admission out of his shirt pocket. He informed me that he had fastidiously kept it in good shape so I would not have to go through the work of making a new one. With great appreciation, I explained to him the many reasons I was unable to use his old wrist band.
He immediately hung his blushing face toward the floor and quietly apologized to me for not realizing this. For a moment, I was speechless while my heart sank at his obvious dejection and embarrassment, so I went into overdrive in an attempt to make him feel as though he had in fact, done me a favor.
I reached for his old wristband now sitting crumpled inside both of his closed hands and fervently told him it would actually help me find his old chart. However, I got tongue tied and replaced the ch in chart with the f in file and blurted out the unthinkable!
With horror-struck saucer eyes, I immediately apologized for my mistake but was also smiling at what I apparently found to be somewhat amusing until I looked around at my co-workers, the patient and his father and realized that I was the only one smiling!
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