My best unexpected conversation was with a group of six year olds who came to visit the hospital where I work.
The children were taken to an auditorium and the ward attendant was asked to pose as a patient who had had an appendicectomy.
He lay on the couch, with a bandage covering where the scar would have been.
When he exposed his abdomen, one of the children got up and exclaimed, "That's what my father had. He had an operation and his appendix was taken out."
As I fumbled to get the attention of the children back, he carried on.
"Now they are going to change the dressing, but before they do they have to wash their hands, because if they don't, the patient can get nasty bugs. And, have you heard about MRSA? It's a, oh so dangerous bug. It can spread. If a patient gets it, he/she would have to stay in a separate room. Hand washing is, oh so important, you know..." As he carried on, I understood that I need not speak any further! It was a pleasant surprise to know that the children knew so much!
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