by Sherry Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week, while visiting my doctor’s office, I had an interesting situation happen. I wonder how you would deal with it.
My doctor has an office in a high rise in Boston. When I arrived, I forgot my paper work and couldn’t remember which way to go when I got off the elevator. There were several suites on that floor that were occupied by health care professionals.
I was going to see my surgeon, who specializes in bariatric (weight loss) surgery. So when I got off the elevator, someone behind me said “To the left!” I turned to the left and she was right, it was where my doctor’s office was. But I realized later that the person who yelled that out probably did so because I am overweight and I was probably going to the bariatric surgeon’s office. But I could have also been visiting the eye doctors down the hall or the podiatrist on the other side of the office I was visiting.
Am I being too sensitive? Do I have the right to feel hurt?
No, you aren’t being too sensitive and yes, you have the right to be hurt.
Now build a bridge and get over it. No one called you a name. No one attacked your moral character. No one ridiculed you because of your (fill in the blank here …ethnicity, race, religion, hair color, shoe size or complexion.)
For all you know, it was a patient of the same doctor trying to be helpful or even someone who worked for the doctor. It also may have been a mom asking her child to move over, to the left, to give her more space.
If someone had directly targeted you for an insult, I’d feel differently.
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