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Laugh With Lisa: Bedside Manner

Lisa DeMarco's joke teaches us that it pays to be polite.

A bossy businessman was hospitalized and during his stay he learned the hard way that it pays to be pleasant to the “nursing staff.”

One morning, after this man had been very mean to all of the nurses on his ward, the head nurse finally stood up to him. She entered his room and announced, “I have to take your temperature.”

After complaining for several minutes, he finally settled down, crossed his arms and opened his mouth.

“No, I’m sorry,” the nurse stated, “but for this reading, I can’t use an oral thermometer.”

This started another round of complaining, but eventually he rolled over and bared his bottom. After feeling the nurse insert the thermometer, he heard her announce, “I have to get something. Now you stay just like this until I get back.”

She left the door to his room open on her way out, and he cursed under his breath as he heard people walking past his door laughing. After almost an hour, the man’s doctor came into the room. “What’s going on here?” asked the doctor.

Angrily, the man answered, “What’s the matter, Doc? Haven’t you ever seen someone having their temperature taken?”

“Yes,” the doctor said. “But never with a carnation.”


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