Dropping my kids off at daycare this morning, I noticed a slightly distraught looking parent standing next to his car with his kids inside and he was on the phone. It didn’t seem like an emergency situation so I took my kids inside and the teacher was standing at the window watching the parent who was on the phone. I asked if everything was ok? The teacher calmly said, “Yes, but the kid has a bee in their nose”. My heart rate instantly increased and my eyes widened and I said “OH NO! IS IT ALIVE?”. The teacher turned and looked at me, then squinted at me, then smiled…..and said…B…E…A….D… there is a bead in their nose. We both had a good laugh at my misunderstanding.
I hear stories like this from a lot of patients and I wanted to let everyone know that it’s normal to miss something now and then, and our brains have a way of “hearing what it wants” sometimes. Even with hearing aids or normal hearing mistakes are made and it’s ok to have a laugh about it. It’s when those “mistakes” affect daily communication or interfere with job performance that it might be time to get some help.