Check out Dr. Memsahib hitting on his colleague, Dr. Ruth Stafford. Dr. Stafford looks star struck, or else she’s been on call too many hours in a row. It’s hard to tell what’s going on. She looks like she’s in some sort of hypnotic state. Maybe she’s going into culture shock. Sometimes it’s really hard adjusting to someone else’s customs.
I’m not saying that people from different cultures can’t get along with each other, but there are some men who can’t handle being around strong, independent American women. You know what I mean. I’ve worked with some doctors who act like I just gave them a wedgie when I make a suggestion about patient care, or question one of their orders. Sometimes they get dramatic and start screaming at the nurses station just because, God forbid, a woman had the audacity to be born with a brain. One day one of my nursing colleagues approached a doctor about one of his orders. He had forgotten to sign it, and being good-natured, she teased him, saying, “I guess I’m going to have to work a little harder to train you on how to sign off on your orders.” He glared at her. The veins on the side of his head popped out as he clinched his teeth. He finally replied, “Wives from my country don’t train their husbands.” I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. I said, “That’s OK. If you’re wife won’t train you, we will.”
It’s a good thing that I married a local boy. Someone like Dr. Memsahib would have never asked me out.