Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NUN Too Many (The funniest thing I have seen lately)

I have received a challenge from Peggy at http://dayofthelily.blogspot.com/
For, The Funniest Thing I Have seen lately.

Actually, it is not lately, but I reminisced on this, having a good laugh with a friend yesterday.

NUN Too Many
While studying at the Australian Catholic University I was sent on assignement to work in a Catholic Hospital in far north Queensland.
My mentor at the time was a much younger obnoxious nurse who bullied everyone, including the doctors.
It was a busy day in Surgery, I had been runner for the first operation and now I was Scrub Nurse.
As time progressed the language from all became more torrid, with swearing, dirty joking and soft laughter. I remained in stunned silence,  intent on the job at hand.
When a lull came in the conversation the Surgeon asked me.
"Well Crystal, how come your from The Catholic University?"
I was momentously lost for words.....
Was I suppose to crack a joke? ...I wasn't sure ?
Then suddenly I blurred out.
Well...... Maybe..... I'm an ex-Nun!
Dead Silence....
There is nothing in the world..... as quiet as silence!
My heart thumped, my face flushed red! and was I ever glad to be wearing a face mask.
I knew I had to own up I was only joking......... I couldn't look at anyone for a moment. And when I finally did, I saw stunned SHOCK!
Time Stood Still!
The faces on that professional staff was the closest I have seen to Fright!
I'd put the fear of God into the lot of them.

The obnoxious R.N. was the first to recover....
"Oh Crystal, I'm so sorry for anything I have said or done wrong, please forgive me!" she flustered.
The other four staff also began to appologise for their language and crude jokes.
"I'm a Catholic," one stammered.                                                            
"I go to church," admitted another..
I smiled to myself....God has a sense of humour, so who was I to disallusion?                 
So I kept the secret to myself, and life in Surgery, while I was present, became much more tolerable.
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." (Psalm19:14)


17 comments:

  1. Oh Crystal, this was so much fun to read. I got a big laugh out of it!

    Thanks. How important this prayer is, the psalm you put at the end.

    Your blog is really a blessing to me, like a breath of fresh air.

    Love
    Lidj

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  2. Thank you Crystal for such an uplifting post this morning. I just love reading the posts on your blog. Blessings too you. Lloyd

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  3. I would like to convey my thanks to you for visiting my blog and giving lovely comment.
    I appreciate for your wonderful post. I enjoyed reading it.

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  4. Well Crystal Mary that was truly fun to read. I agree I do not like dirty or foul language. That quote is so appropriate for today. I do not watch much TV for the simple reason all the sitcoms are put downs. It seems the must hurtful put-downs get the biggest laughs and I think that is sad that society enjoys that. Thanks for signing my guestbook. So enjoy your blog.
    QMM

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  5. Respected mam,
    it's really interesting and funny post.
    Best wishes.
    Hemant

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  6. Crystal, What a funny story. I would of liked to seen the look on their faces. :-)

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  7. Great story, Crystal Mary. And Daylily, I'm with you on television; it's mostly trash and bad manners anymore.

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  8. Thank you everyone. We so need to take care how we reflect out faith to others. I remember that day as if it was yesterday....the utter shock in that room. And, I felt so mortified at what I'd said... Yet in refection, it was for good.
    No one truely knows the consciousness of a patient and what they may hear. It should never be, unfavourable.

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  9. Wonderful story ... what a great witness, even though you did not intend it at the time perhaps.

    God bless.

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  10. Perhaps I should explain better ... you did not intend to shock them into silence and you meant the bit about being a nun as a joke. And that certainly got their attention. Well done.

    God bless.

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  11. Hello Victor, Actually I didn't see the funny side until later. Hug

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  12. Getting ready to have abdominal surgery, the nurse/anesthetist accidentally administered the paralytic to me instead of the anesthesia.

    Being paralyzed to the point of not being able to blink, I managed a large scream - that sounded like a faint purr -- I knew I would soon be operated on while awake, probably dying...and the part I most remember? The foul language and crude words my asinine surgeon was using.

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  13. Oh my goodness! Lol! But i think you also did your patients a service, for i believe that the mindset of docs & nurses while a patient is vulnerable and in a suggestive state is a really important factor in healing, so good on you! (Ps) Thankyou for visiting my bloggy,it is always nice to catch up with a fellow Aussy X:-)

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  14. cute story. sad that if someone thinks we are something and changes how they interact with us and knows what they did might not be acceptable. take care rose

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