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It Is All About Me

Is it all about me or is it all about you either can reflect a biased perspective.  From caring too much what other people think to not caring about other people at all unless you need and/or are getting something from them from an emotional reaction, their full attention, to an inheritance.

I have always thought about hospital visitors.  When they begin talking about their own past hospitalizations and current maladies, they monopolize and take center stage.  No matter how sick the other person is, how horrific their injuries, the persons in the hospital room are monopolizing the conversation and often the person who is ill needs to rest or have some medical treatment and the hospital patient feels he or she can’t do it while the “company” is there.

What is also “sick” is when it is with a parent and adult child and the roles are reversed for once.  At that time the parent is reasonably well and you would think be concerned about the child’s welfare.  For example, a daughter is having a baby and only wants, her husband, her friend (who has been through this herself), and the medical staff to be there during labor and delivery.  If you were the mother would your feelings be hurt and would you pressure the daughter also have you in the room at that time declaring that your rights and privileges as a grandparent take precedence.

Monopoly

Monopoly (Photo credit: Mike_fleming)

Sometimes you need to take care of you no matter what other people may feel or think.  I think that at the end stage of delivery when the mother is preoccupied with her own discomfort, her health, and that of the baby is a time when she usually forgets about who is there to see the baby being born, that her  language ought to be appropriate, being embarrassed by showing off her feminine parts, etc.  When that happened to me.  All bets were off.  What I said and did were normal at this time.  (Please note it is nice to have an ombudsman present who can speak for the mother and her rights and needs, when she is having trouble remaining conscious.)

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