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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 12:11 PM
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72. Generally, I suspect that the "condition" is probably better for everybody.
I'm reminded of a situation, about 20 years ago, where my mothers hispanic roomate had to deal with a horrendously racist patient. He'd scream at her when she went into the room, calling her a "dirty wetback", a "beaner", and just about every other racist name in the book. There were times that she'd have to leave work early, in tears, because the guy was such an ass.

She requested, many times, that she not have to deal with him. Her boss refused her requests and made her deal with him anyway. He once told her (not a line that can be easily forgotten), "If we all have to deal with the assholes who fling real shit, you can deal with assholes that fling verbal shit." She eventually quit her job over it.

When a blatantly racist patient refuses to deal with a caregiver because of their color, gender, religion, or whatever, they're probably IMPROVING the situation of that particular minority. What's worse? Having a racist refuse to let you treat them? Or having to put up with a racists denigrating insults every day? Muzzling patients usually isn't an option.
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