|Patient talking to his daughter about too many visitors.|
Paula: Hi, Dad. How's it going?
Patient: Oh, Paula, I'm just exhausted.
Paula: Why are you exhausted? Is it your treatments?
Patient: Well, I don't feel too whippy anyway, but yesterday there must have been 15 people here.
Paula: 15 people?! What was going on?
Patient: Well, it was very nice. They put me on the prayer list at church and put a notice in the newsletter, so everyone just wanted me to know they were thinking of me. They wanted to know if I needed anything. Look at all that food over there!
Paula: Mmm, looks like Rosie's famous corn pudding. Good thing you're diabetic. I'll have to eat those for you.
Patient: I'm so lucky that you always have my best interests at heart. Please, do take them home. But I'm exhausted. I don't know what to do. They're so nice and they mean well. But I just can't handle that. The phone is ringing off the hook. I sure wish your mom was still with us. She'd know how to handle this, wouldn't she?
Paula: I have a couple ideas. First, I think I'll make you a sign for the door. It will just say: "Resting. No visitors right now." And I'll stop by the church and ask them to put a note in the newsletter asking friends not to call, but to send a card instead. How does that sound?
Patient: You don't think it's rude or sounds ungrateful?
Paula: Your real friends will understand and will want to do what's best for you. They know that while you're undergoing treatment, you need all the rest you can get. Plus, by limiting your visitors, maybe you won't be getting all their colds and stuff.
When you're having a good day or feeling better, you can take the sign down.
Patient: That's a big relief. Tell the church folks thanks for their help.