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The San Francisco Bay Area is a very diverse place. Buy viagra in uk Many languages are spoken, buy viagra in uk and I happen to be competent in one of the more common latin-based languages you will find in this area.

Meaning I studied it for four years in high school and use it on-the-job every day.

Oh, buy viagra in uk I’m not fluent by any means but I can get through a full triage, buy viagra in uk tell a patient what is happening to them, buy viagra in uk how it will feel, buy viagra in uk give full discharge instructions and answer basic questions in full, buy viagra in uk grammatically correct sentences.

I’ve also discovered that many patients know quite a bit of English, buy viagra in uk but are not confident enough to try using it. Buy viagra in uk They don’t want to make any mistakes. Buy viagra in uk When they see I’m making the effort to speak their language, buy viagra in uk they are more confident in trying out their English. Buy viagra in uk They do great and we wind up encouraging each other.

It can be a lot of fun, buy viagra in uk and I enjoy it.

Usually.

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What do you do with a group of people you know speak fluent English, buy viagra in uk but pretend they don’t?

I’m not talking “Gee, buy viagra in uk I would like to converse in my native language as I am more comfortable.” I’m talking, buy viagra in uk “Let’s screw with the nurse and doctor for the hell of it.”

My colleagues familiar with this multi-generational group told me to expect the “act”, buy viagra in uk but I really didn’t think anything of it. Buy viagra in uk I figured I would just speak their language to the best of my ability

Wrong.

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The entire time I’m in the room, buy viagra in uk speaking their language, buy viagra in uk the group is smirking. Either my version of the language is really off the wall and there is a reason to smirk, buy viagra in uk or they are playing me like a fiddle.

Talk about “rosin’ up the bow”!

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The man repeats what I said back to her! Word-for-word. Buy viagra in uk In their language. Buy viagra in uk Exactly like I said it.

Ah, buy viagra in uk so the game is to pretend not to understand anything I say, buy viagra in uk English or not!

Okay, buy viagra in uk as long as the patient is getting the information she needs I don’t care if it’s English, buy viagra in uk the native language or Morse Code.

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But then the ante is upped. Buy viagra in uk On my next visit, buy viagra in uk no one in the room is acknowledging that they understand anything!

I begin to notice breaks in the “other team’s” strategy.

First, buy viagra in uk the patient says “thank you” in English. Buy viagra in uk That was nice, buy viagra in uk she really was thanking me for the ice chips. Buy viagra in uk Except… before I left, buy viagra in uk one of the younger folks ask her “Why are you speaking English?”, buy viagra in uk only to be hit in the leg by another family member.

Ah, buy viagra in uk young grasshopper. Buy viagra in uk You have just arrived and are new to the game, buy viagra in uk you have not yet learned I can speak your native language and understood what you just asked your elder.

Strike One

Next, buy viagra in uk the patient needed something from the utility room. Buy viagra in uk Grasshopper comes out and asks for it in perfect English! (Remember the underlying principle of the game, buy viagra in uk NO ONE in that room knows English.)

Strike Two.

The bases are loaded, buy viagra in uk the last runner is up.

I am about to give pain medication to my patient and I tell her that in her language. Buy viagra in uk She understands that without any translation or repetition. Buy viagra in uk Amazing how that works! But then in a voice without a hint of an accent she emphatically yells out:

“THAT HAD BETTER NOT BE DILAUDID!”

Strike frickin’ three, buy viagra in uk lady.

Game’s over.

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Now I know for sure that I have been played for a fool. Buy viagra in uk They did everything but put their finger and their thumb in the shape of an “L” on their forehead (with apologies to Smashmouth).

So I figure I’ll just clear the air.

I walk in with the discharge instructions and announce, buy viagra in uk with a smile:

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They went from smirking to sheepish in five seconds. Buy viagra in uk I gave my instructions, buy viagra in uk they helped me with the words I got stuck on and when I asked questions in plain English they answered them.

SCORE!

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The moral of the story?

1. Buy viagra in uk I’m waaaaay too trusting and willing to give others the benefit of the doubt.

2. Buy viagra in uk Most people are willing to at least try to speak English. Buy viagra in uk If you can, buy viagra in uk and you don’t I would file that under “obnoxious”.

3. Buy viagra in uk The next time you try to play a registered nurse, buy viagra in uk know that he/she is not as stupid as you think.

4. Buy viagra in uk For Pete’s sake, buy viagra in uk if you are going to play games get your game plan together before you come into the ER.

Amateurs.

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6 Comments

  • James
    James

    May 26, 2008 at 12:01 am

    That was funny! I employ the reverse strategy. We get lots of Spanish speaking patients. I know enough spanish to understand them pretty well and to speak in very basic conversational language. But, usually, I pretend not to understand any. Their english is usally much better than my spanish anyway and we’re all much happier.


  • Sharon
    Sharon

    May 26, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I love the Language Line. No problemos! I can fill the gap with my broken Spanish but that’s about it. No more 12-year-old boys translating for women with gynecologic or obstetric problems! Yahoo!


  • Shane
    Shane

    May 27, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Yet another reason why I’m not a nurse. I totally would have messed with them and started telling them things that were obviously wrong to see how long they’d keep it up 😀


  • therapydoc
    therapydoc

    May 27, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    But that’s a great quality, giving others the benefit of the doubt.


  • therapydoc
    therapydoc

    May 29, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Wasn’t it a doctor named Boris who said, Trust no vun?


  • NPs Save Lives
    NPs Save Lives

    May 30, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Oh too funny! I had to have a Spanish women’s husband translate “doggy style” the other day. I understand more Spanish than I speak and I am working on it daily. They are a nice couple and the husband speaks English pretty well and enough to help me get the answers I needed. I do attempt to converse in their language though I do mangle it more often than not. Most just smile and try to help. I think your handling of the manner was just great The Nurse Practitioner’s Place


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