Topical or Tropical No Biggie
Will we use something tropical? The novice nurse asked her.
Carmae secretly rolled her eyes knowing Scarlet meant topical.
However, she did not correct her, because this was her first day.
She would gently incorporate the correct word later in her learning.
She knew Scarlet would pick up on it, they always did, eventually.
This fresh young thing was not full of brass like the last one.
She was not any kind of duplicate, yet Carmae knew she would be delicate.
They were always super sensitive right out of nursing school.
“Is that a ladybug locket?” she asked her. Scarlet nodded, pleased.
She told an elaborate story about it, and the patient seemed to be fascinated.
Scarlet was charismatic, which is a great quality for a nurse to have.
By the end of the day, Scarlet was using the word topical instead of tropical.
Neither nurse mentioned the switch, becoming wise, empathetic co-workers.
Copyright © Caren Krutsinger | Year Posted 2021
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