I'm not that garrulous a guy, but it still takes a lot to render me speechless. I typically have an answer for anything a patient may ask or say, but sometimes I still get stupefied by someone, and I solemnly promise to post each and every instance of that here.
A few days ago two brothers were involved in a car accident. The younger brother was egging on his older brother, encouraging him to drive faster. Not to be taunted by his little brother, he pushed the car to the limit and then lost control. The car flipped several times, and the driver was ejected because he wasn't wearing his seatbelt. The younger brother, who had put his seatbelt on just prior to the accident, did not even have a scratch on him. The older brother suffered hemorrhaging in his brain and is currently on life support, barely clinging to life, in the intensive care unit.
I was talking to his mother in her son's room in the ICU the next day, lamenting the fact that he had chosen not to wear his seatbelt. "Well I never wear mine either," his mother almost proudly announced.
"You do now," I replied and smiled sadly, thinking she had learned her lesson.
"No I will not!" she flatly stated.
I simply stared at her with my mouth probably agape. I glanced over at her critically-injured son, and then looked back at her, hoping she would make the connection.
"I've just heard of too many people getting hurt from those things, so I will NOT wear one."
I wanted to reach over, grab her face, and point it at her son, much like you would do to a puppy that pees on the rug. "Just look at him! He might die because he wasn't wearing his! Your other son who had his on literally walked away from the accident!" I almost shouted at her. She just looked at me almost defiantly, and I realised this was a battle not worth fighting, at least at that moment. I know she was grieving, but this was ridiculous.
Don't you think for one second that I'm planning on letting this go, however. I will revisit this issue with her once things settle down, but I have a bad feeling that she is a lost cause.