Sensitivity training video – the “before” scene

The scene – the hospital room of a woman who has recently given birth to two dead babies. Present, the woman, a friend of hers, and the two year old child of the friend.

A wardsman enters to take the woman for a chest x-ray.

Wardsman (to woman, indicating two year old): He’s a bit big for a newborn!

Woman: No, that is my friends toddler.

Wardsman: Where is your baby?

Woman: My baby died.

Wardsman: Oh. Oh well, it could have been worse, it could have been twins.

Woman: It was twins. They both died.

Wardsman: Oh. Sorry about that. You know, my dog is always peeing on the carpet, but I can’t toilet train him, he’s too old. What do you think I should do?

This is pretty much a word for word transcript of a conversation I had this week. It seems unbelievable, but I assure you, I have a witness that was a lot more lucid than I was at the time, and she assures me that my recollection was correct. He also kept talking about his dog and cat peeing on the carpet the WHOLE WAY down to X-RAY, where he then left me alone for a minute, and then came back and harassed me about the pee until I was saved b the X-Ray technician.

At least I have a sense of humour!

7 thoughts on “Sensitivity training video – the “before” scene”

  1. This douchecanoe obviously has no idea that you have such a loyal, passionate and huge Internet posse, who will mobilise at your signal. And this douchecanoe obviously just has no idea. What a frigging idiot. I hope there is some hospital process for kicking some sense into his arse.

    Just say the word…


  2. Speak to the patient representative – she/he will act on your behalf – the last thing you need at this time is to deal with the bureaucracy. You are one of the most considerate and gentlest people I know, Lara – the very last person who should be subjected to this behaviour.


  3. oh my goodness, I am sorry you had to go through that. What an awful person.

    I want to rub his nose on the carpet, which is definitely not the way to toilet train a dog, but is probably a good way to teach a rude wardsman some manners.


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