A dose of reality

In case you ever need perspective,  spend a day in the pediatric side of the Cleveland Clinic. 

The amount of suffering I’ve witnessed in the many kids I’ve encountered today is so completely heartbreaking that I simply don’t have the words.

I’ve seen several kids that have undergone brain surgery and bare the obvious scaring.

I’m horrified by the treatment some of these children are enduring at the hands of their parents. These parents aren’t even trying to hide it. I know I’m not the only person noticing this because others look on in horror as well.

Look,  trust me when I say that I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed lost and tired. The last thing I want to do is judge anyone because I don’t know what’s going on in their lives.  Having said that,  and at the risk of sounding like a judgemental asshole,  there is absolutely no excuse to treat a child in that manner. 

I understand that kids with special needs can be frustrating and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed but you are the adult and they are a helpless child. 

I know that some kids require an approach that many people might not understand but there is a world of difference between doing what needs to be done and exercising absolutely no selfcontrol.

Most people are afraid to say something because that will likely only make the situation worse.  No matter how nicely you speak or how pure your intentions are, it won’t go well. When you do that,  who do you think is going to pay the price?  That’s right,  the child. They will be the most likely outlet for their parents increased anger and frustration.

The best thing to do is notify security or a nurse.  Someone who is not going to walk over and punch that person out, is likely a much better option than an emotionally charged parent, like myself.

They will be in a much better situation and can more easily involve the athorities if need be.  Perhaps they can even provide or put them in connection with services that can help to more permanently defuse the situation.

Have you ever run into a situation like this?  What did you do? What did you really want to do?  🙂

Sorry folks,  I had to vent for a minute.

This was posted via WordPress for Android, courtesy of Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Please forgive any typos. I do know how to spell but auto-correct hate me.

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