Yesterday I had to take my daughter to two doctors at the children’s hospital. The first appointment was actually only to see the nurse and have patches of various food items put on her back to test for allergic reactions.
We have never done this before and so everything is new and confusing. In general I always slightly dread going to doctors here because 1. Everything is in another language and 2. People are just different in various cultures.
I was a little taken aback when as a nurse sped into the office I was waiting by and I tried to address her she completely ignored me and closed the door in my face. All I wanted to know was if I was waiting by the correct door. . .
When we finally did get into the office we were cared for by the same unfriendly nurse. Not once did she address my little daughter. Not once did she make any form of friendly conversation with us. She did her job and that was it.
I was again reminded that I do not live in my home country.
As I recounted this to my husband he reminded me how little people make here in Latvia. He said if I wanted politeness and friendly conversation than I could have paid for our visit. There are two ways of doing things here- the planned way- where you wait and all medical services are for free for kids. Or where you pay and schedule more to your convenience.
I was saddened by this conversation. I know it is true that these people make very little- but in my opinion as humans and fellow walkers of the earth we ought to be kind to one another and at least show common courtesy- especially at a children’s hospital-where the child is afraid already.
A tear slipped down my cheek as I told my husband with emotion in my voice “Let’s raise our children to be kind to others, and show courtesy no matter how much they are paid. “
Because in my humble opinion a good attitude should not have to be so shallow that it can be bought with money.
Note: Not all medical workers are like this. We have one of the most wonderful family doctors around for our kids. She goes above and beyond herself, even outside work hours.