Reports of my being a nurse are greatly exaggerated

... with apologies to Mark Twain

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A funny, little frog was on the kitchen window the other night, trying to catch moths.

A funny thing happened at the vet a couple years ago.  We were talking about my kitty when she said to me, “Aren’t you a nurse?”

I was so surprised, I said, “What?”

She replied, “Aren’t you in the medical field?”

“No, I studied computer science in school.”

We laughed.

Then last month, I was with my father-in-law in the ER, and after asking if there would be an alarm if his O2 level dropped below 90%, I told her that story.  The nurse looked at me a little surprised and said, “Aren’t you a nurse?”  That really surprised me....

Trust me, I know I’m not a nurse -- I don’t even play one on TV!  I was a junior volunteer at a hospital years ago and I read a lot.  I’ve taken a lot of cats and dogs to vets and my son to the pediatrician and myself too many times -- and my mom and now my father-in-law.  Is that really unusual?  I also read a lot and look up conditions on Wikipedia when people come in our chat room.  Still...  Trust me, I don’t know that much anatomy!  I just have some working common sense and make sure I understand what a doctor is doing and why when he or she is working on me or one of my animals.

© liz4cps 2011