Friday, October 16, 2020


Because I was speaking this week about back surgeries and my first fall that caused the beginning of it all. I thought I'd share a funny one about females.

You see I had an operation on my back while I was working for Piedmont Airlines. (anyone remember them?) 
The surgery was on L4-5. I was in the hospital for a few days.  This was back in the early 80s when they didn't kick you out with your leg dangling behind you to save money.

The nurses were okay. They would feign interest and ask where you worked etc. The people who came to the hospital were family and friends. Mostly family. Then one day a girl from work came with a guy from work. Their shift was over at 2p so they headed over to the hospital to see me that afternoon.
Now as you know working at the ticket counter means a uniform. So my friends arrived in her uniform as did the guy friend. But the problem was he was a pilot.

The nurse was in my room and she got a glimpse of him and began acting like a twit. Giggling and asking him about flying. Hello! The patient over here!
We gals looked at one another and rolled our eyes because this was something we've seen before. 

A few days later I had hit my buzzer for the nurse. No one arrived.
I hear people walking towards my room and I am excited because I think it's going to be the nurse to help me into the bathroom. Nope, it's 3 guys from work. Pilots. 

Nurses walked by and looked into the room. I heard all the scurrying going on while talking to the guys. A nurse came in and said, "you rang your buzzer?"  I said a long time ago, this isn't a good time now. I'll call you when they leave.  She begins to fluff pillows and things. I ask her to leave. 
I knew why she was there, for pilots. Now another nurse comes in and another. They are all talking to the pilots. I wanted to vomit. I finally said, "hey ladies, I could push you down a flight of stairs and you can lay in this bed and talk to these men if you'd like"
They laughed and left the room.

I said to one of them, "don't you guys get sick of that?"  They just laughed.
No, their egos would never let them be sick of this adulation.
We all had a nice visit and they left. 
A nurse came in immediately after to say to me, "Why didn't you tell us you worked with pilots?" 
Ah, I told you I worked for an airline I figured you could figure it out.
They laughed, I was just annoyed.
I asked if she could help me out of bed now. She said, "I'll be right back"
I yelled, "pilots are coming back so you better hurry"
She was back in a flash with fresh lipstick and combed hair. 
She helped me get out of bed to shuffle to the bathroom.
When I came out she was still there - "What time are they coming back?"

At first, I wasn't sure what the hell she was talking about then it hit me.
I told her they were coming back - I was just messing with her - they weren't coming back. 
I said, "I was joking I'm sorry but you only were attentive if they were here. I thought it was funny. I can't wait to tell Dr. Anderson I'm sure he too will find it funny since he teases me about flying for free."  
I was laughing. She laughed along with me until she said, "you aren't really going to tell him are you?" 
I asked if that was a problem.
Well, I think it's best she says, not to bother him with that sort of thing.
Hmm... is all I said.

Yep, that was bitchy of me all right. I may have only been 28 years old but I wasn't stupid.  I had pilots visit 3 days. The only time anyone paid any attention to me or would come if I rang the bell. I had no intention of saying anything to Dr. Anderson who they feared. But now when I rang they came, with or without pilots in my room.

I don't get the big deal of pilots. No different from any other man. 
Sorry. (and yes Andy Garcia is oh so yummy in his uniform in the movie When a Man Loves A Woman!)

Yes, the uniform is nice. But boy oh boy the stories I can tell. I have yet to meet one who doesn't have a side piece in another country or city. Or may of them. There was a guy we worked with who Kathy and I idolized. We thought he was a good one. We met his wife. We met his kid. Then we found out he was just like the others and we were crushed. It hit me to my core. Almost as if I was married to him. I made a rule, never date a pilot. Ever. 
I stick to my rules. Unless of course, I need another surgery, I may need to rent a uniform and a man to fill it so the nurses will be attentive.


Grace said...

Ah, the only uniforms that ever got my heart going pitty-pat were sailors in dress blues! (Dress whites were also nice until they changed from middies to regular shirts.) Gimme a sailor in uniform any day. Flyboys, of any sort, never rang my bell! (As for nurses, my recent hospital stay proved to me, once again, that nurses are rock stars! Bless them, every one.)

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

There really is something about a uniform, especially Navy dress whites. Back when women used to wear great stewardess uniforms they could get the same kinds of reactions as those pilots did in your story.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Jean, unbeknownst to me it was Fleet Week when I first went to Annapolis. Yes those dress whites were like Officer and a Gentlemsn.oh its not lost on me but I did not appreciate it in the same way while in the hospital.

Olga said...

I will pass this life lesson on to my friend who complained mightily about the lack of attention from staff. I don't think she knows any pilots but the uniform rental might do the trick. Notice that I don't even entertain the idea that I might end up in a hospital. That's probably unrealistic.

It' said...

It's funny, I never was into pilots (and after reading your post I feel justified, haha). It was kind of you to keep your silence, but at least the idea of it kept them on their toes!

Arkansas Patti said...

That was funny how you managed to manipulate the nurses but I do feel your pain. I had the misfortune once of being in the hospital room next to George Hamilton (the tan actor) so I got zero attention for 2 weeks.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Yvonne - you didn't miss a thing.

Patti - oh no! I'm so sorry. 2 weeks of the ole tan man? George Hamilton would be as bad as the dufus pilots. And honestly one of the pilots was butt ugly but his uniform was all the gals needed.

April said...

Now if the guys had on flight uniforms - yes those are the ones I like!

Mr. Shife said...

That is a good life pro tip. I will certainly remember that one if I need hospital help. I could always throw on my old Navy uniform but I am pretty sure that thing doesn't fit me as well as it once did. Have a great weekend.

Mike said...

I guess pilots used to make good money. Maybe not so much anymore.

Abby said...

I've never been particularly into pilots. Maybe it's a nurse thing? Funny, them working around all those doctors!
One of my brothers had a neighbor who was a commercial pilot. I think he had a few affairs. My other brother... well... he IS a pilot 😳.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Mr.Shife, I don't think the gals will care if it fits perfectly or not😆

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Abby, well i wouldn't be either if my brother was one!

Mike I guess it depends what is good money. A captain can but nothing like the old days. The blood to the gals brains didn't even think that. It was male like and only visual