You might be thinking that this is a strange topic however give it some thought, how many times have you assumed something about someone but because you didn’t have all the facts, what you assumed turned out to be incorrect? Notice I didn’t use the word wrong.
The reason I decided to talk about this is because it happened to me. I’m not going into the full story but on my 80th birthday (about 6 weeks ago) my daughter and I went out for brunch in Santa Monica, the family celebration was that evening. We were walking back to the car and I tripped and before she could grab me I fell on my face, literally, on the sidewalk.
I won’t go into it fully, you don’t need the gory details. It did involve a trip to urgent care and stitches on my nose but thankfully I didn’t break anything. I assumed because the woman was a medical doctor that she knew what she was doing. She told me the stitches would dissolve, they didn’t and 2 weeks later I found out she had put them in the wrong way and I ended up with an infection. She also told me I didn’t have a concussion!
I have not been feeling like my high energy self since that day and I’ve had headaches every day. Never assume just because someone has initials after their name that they know what they’re talking about.
I hurt my knee badly too so a couple of days ago I had a call with an orthopedist. Because I fell and I’m 80 he thought I was, or maybe should be, using a walker. Whaat!! He didn’t take the time to ask questions, so he made an assumption based on my age.
Yesterday, I finally saw my own doctor to discover that all the symptoms were because I did have a concussion. Her words were “how could you not have one when you fell on your face, and did a lot of damage, your face is part of your head.” She also told me that concussions can last for weeks and sometimes months and that I needed to rest when I could.
She does know me and saying I had to stop working and rest would never happen so she phrased it so I didn’t feel pressured. However, I also know that if I don’t rest, it will take twice as long for these effects to disappear. I will definitely make a point of getting more rest.
Anyway, that’s why I used the word ‘assumptions.’ Next time you find yourself assuming something, whether it’s about a person, a place or anything else, make sure to learn before you assume.
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