How often do we complain that we don’t get the ‘respect we deserve’ from the public and other healthcare workers? Usually we deserve respect but then something like this happens.
I do not “like” or follow The Most Interesting Ambulance Crew in the World on Facebook, but some of my friends do, so I will occasionally see their posts. This one caught my eye this morning:
The medic I’m working with is openly gay. He’s a great guy and one of the better medics I have worked with in a long time.
I told you that so this part will make sense. We got a discharge out of a VA hospital taking the Pt back to the nursing home. We got the guy over on the stretcher and I began some small talk with him. Asking him what branch he was in, what his M.O.S. was etc. I told him I was in the Marine Corps what I did. We talked a little about our war stories, etc.
Then out of nowhere my partner goes “My god I love semen so much. It’s like my favorite thing in the world(in the gayest voice possible) The old man didn’t catch on to it.
So for the next 5 minutes on our walk down to the truck my partner talked of how he wanted to personally thank all of the seamen for their semen on submarines and on any ship that would let him board.(slurring all of his “S’ s”,) How men in white uniforms do it for him etc. The old man still didn’t catch onto it. So when we finally got him loaded up and I climbed in the back the old man says “it must be nice being a Veteran and working with someone so patriotic. “
I almost lost it.
This is why are looked down upon. Because we laugh when childish coworkers act inappropriately around patients.
As I write this, there are 80-something comments on the post. It seems to be evenly split between those that think this is incredibly distasteful, and the other half think it is hilarious. Some of the commenters think this could be sexual harassment, which it certainly is. Sexual harassment is a very broad brush.
This behavior in the station is one thing. This behavior in front of any patient, much less an elderly veteran, is unprofessional. The fact that a member of this community who thinks this kind of behavior is neither, and is in fact, funny, is just disgusting.