The other day I went to see a new doctor about a knee injury. It wasn’t serious, but the doctor had just started working in the practice and I was his first deaf patient.
He asked if I signed and when I said yes, he then told me about his dog who he had trained to respond to his instructions in sign language as she was deaf too. I didn’t know how to take it – well, I was insulted. What would you do if you were me?
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry! Being insulted is probably a waste of emotional energy although that response sometimes gets things done. I do different things in different situations : sometimes I look over my glasses in a ‘severe schoolmarm’ style and that shuts them up. Or I say “Well, I’m actually here to talk about xyz” and ignore what they have just said.
I know others would take action, writing a letter of complaint to the Head of the practice asking for an apology and so on. The guy was probably trying to find some kind of rapport and failed miserably – so ignore those comments and move on swiftly as you know what? Life is too short to listen to assholes.