Monday, August 11, 2008

Caution: Cuss Zone Ahead

I had been taking care of my patient for six hours before I finally snapped.


The patient - an inebriated, heavily tattooed skinhead with an inordinate fondness for the F word and tattoos signifying people he had murdered while in prison - had called me a bitch one time too many. My crime? Splinting his broken bone, helping with sutures, giving him pain meds, making sure he didn't bolt out with a possibly broken neck...you know - the usual. I've been called a bitch for less, but I was out of the mood and I told him so pretty bluntly. I may have even shouted. I don't remember. I was pissed.


His behavior changed immediately and he apologized for his previous actions. Over and over again he told me how sorry he was that he had treated me the way he had. Then he started calling me Baby Girl every time he talked to me. Baby Girl. WTF?


I mentioned my change in status to the doctor who was taking care of him with me.


"He's calling you Baby Girl?" he asked.


"Sure is," I said.


"Damn," he drawled, "Kinda makes you miss being called Bitch, doesn't it?"

16 comments:

ciara said...

i hate assholes...and i def would rather be called a bitch than baby girl by some asshole. hope it gets better soon.

Jen said...

LOL, Baby Girl! You're in trouble now.

Glad to see you are fine, and that men are still hanging on your every word, whether you want them to or not. *grin* And shoot, RC, I've gone for weeks without posting, and yet everyone (er, almost everyone) ends up dropping in again. Your comment counts are still strong.

Rudee said...

I'd have preferred Miss Bitch.

the planet of janet said...

baby girl? *shudder*

Kaycie said...

he sounds just . . . delightful

Maggie May said...

Well, I suppose it is the way it is said rather than what he said. But "baby girl"........ yuk!

kitten said...

Sometimes you just have to put people in their place!

Devon said...

Well, Mr. Skinhead sounds like an old fashioned kind of guy. He clearly still adheres to the old popular belief held by tiny brains that women come in two flavors... bitch or tramp.

If you aren't the former, then clearly you must be the latter!

Marti said...

Now, that post made me laugh out loud! I can imagine the whole thing! It is a good thing you have people that have a sense of humor. What a line by the doctor!

ped crossing said...

Such a charmer. I can't believe you were able to resist such flattery!

Akelamalu said...

He called you Bitch then Baby Girl? I'd have smacked him one!

Potty Mummy said...

Your ER seems peopled with characters who should be in the TV show ER... Maybe you should just write an anonymous tv show? We won't tell...

Pamela said...

Why didn't you just walk back in with a fleet

Eileen said...

Good for you for letting him have it. But, Baby Girl gives me the creeps.

Sandy said...

My daughter had a very belligerent inmate the other night who was giving everyone grief except her. He knows her dad. He was very polite to her - right up to the point where she said, we are going to move now. and he said, I"m sorry but no.

Yeah, 380 lbs of I'm sorry but no. He did move.

Swearing Mother said...

Baby Girl??

Bet you just loved that.