My very self-centered friend “Paula” is in the hospital for observation. I called to see if she wanted visitors, and she promptly gave me a list of a dozen things she wanted me to bring. She wanted some craft supplies that I have at home. She wanted fruit (several kinds) and popcorn (a special brand) – so a trip to the grocery store. She wanted specific buttons – so a trip to the fabric store. She wanted her favorite Chinese food – so a trip to the restaurant.
I called her from the fabric store to make sure I got the right buttons. She wanted four different buttons at around $3 per package.
I lugged about 20 pounds of stuff up to her room. When I got there, she seemed to be having the time of her life. She was sitting up, working on crafts. She had hundreds of buttons already. Some of the ones I bought were not quite what she wanted, but instead of giving them back to me to return, she dumped them into her large collection. She was surrounded by stuff that she must have asked other people to bring.
She was upset that she’d forgotten to ask for several things. She didn’t offer to reimburse me.
I was there for about 45 minutes, during which time she paged a nurse three times. She is obviously running the nurses ragged. I brought some earrings she’d previously asked me to make for her. Turns out that although she has pierced ears, she hasn’t worn earrings in years and couldn’t get them in. So she paged a nurse to put the earrings on her. I was glad she didn’t ask me. She may have an infection, and she keeps trying to get me to eat and drink after her.
I’m not sure I’ll be visiting again.