It's a Small World
By Ruby Hawk
April 20, 2017 8:41pm CST
Another day at the doctors office. My better half had an appointment with a pain therapist today and I tagged along. I intended to walk while he was in the doctors office but it was too hot and I went on with him. The doctor gave my better half a good examination and set up a date for an MRI. He wants to see exactly what is going on so he can find an appropriate treatment. He thinks it might be a pinched nerve. The intern with him was a lady wearing a Hajib, I think that's what you call that full coverage that some women wear in the Middle East. My better half, the lady and doctor struck up a conversation about all our different accents. Everyone from a different country. Me from the Deep South, The doctor from Ireland, my better half from Africa and the lady from India. It's a small world after all.
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It seems that every time we step into the hospital, we are entering United Nations. Over here, we see many nationalities working in hospitals too. Sometimes their accents give them away. I am getting better at guessing the nationality of the staff now.
@cacay1 Oh yes, we have many qualified nurses from Philippines too. Plus the technicians and other staff in the laboratory. However, I have yet to meet a doctor from Philippines, though I have met some from China, US, Australia, India and Malaysia.
@RubyHawk Different name according which country, anyway the full coverage is called Burka, it even has a veil in front of the eyes, the one full covering with the eyes uncovered is the Niqab, everything covered except the face is Chador the headscarf is called Hijab. I join a photo that can be more clear than explaining the differences.
Meeting people of different nationalities in our daily life is one way to disprove the stereotyping of foreigners foisted on us by the media. Helps us build better understanding and tolerance for their beliefs and way of life. I hope your better half's medical checkup went well.
• United States
@RubyHawk I will keep your husband on my prayer list that the MRI shows something easily treated. With so much time on my hands, it's nice praying for other people. Makes me feel like I might be doing something for someone, at least. My husband had a pretty cool accent. He was from Texas but his father's family was from Mississippi, so his accent was more of that accent and less a twang. Took me a long time to really understand him, and then I really loved the accent!
• Atlanta, Georgia
@CRK109 I have so many expressions my better half doesn't always understand me. I often have to explain myself. Thank you for your prayers. I'm not religious but to me good wishes and prayers are the same and I appreciate both.
• Banks, Oregon
Oh how unique reminds me of a photo I saw on Facebook a Catholic priest got up out of his seat so a Hasidic Jewish couple could sit together, and next to them was a Muslim baby nursing her baby, just a very unique situation.