Mistakes Like This Can Give The School A Bad Name

| Learning | May 23, 2013

(I’m in English class and a woman I’ve never seen before pokes her head in and asks for me by my first name. I’ve never, ever been called out of class before, so I’m very puzzled. She walks me to an outside picnic table without a word and once we sit she tells me she’s the school nurse.)

Nurse: “So [my name], do you know why I wanted to talk to you today?”

Me: “No.”

Nurse: “Well, you see, we’ve been getting some reports from some of your friends who are worried about you. Now I don’t want to upset you! And please know you’re not in trouble or anything.”

Me: *worried* “Okay…”

Nurse: “I know this isn’t something that’s easy to talk about, and I don’t want to make you uncomfortable, but it’s important. What I wanted to discuss with you… is, well… is your bulimia.”

Me: “…my WHAT?”

(I’ve never had any kind of eating disorder. The nurse notices my reaction and squints at me.)

Nurse: “Do I have the right [my name]?”

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