Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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

I have received a challenge from Peggy at
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)


  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.


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

  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.

  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.

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

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

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

  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.

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

    God bless.

  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.

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

  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.

  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:-)

  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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