I am awakened all night for pain meds and vitals. I have given up make up and I generally feel sloppy. Well last night a woman cna was taking my blood pressure in the middle of the night. I was so sleepy. She mentioned that I have lost weight.Then she said I had a nice face,a pretty face. I said oh no, I am too lazy to even wear make up. She said I did not need any. Well,I do not agree that I should live without eye liner,mascara,and lipstick! But the compliment made me feel pretty and good enough,accepted. And coming from another woman too. It was a gift. My body post stroke is not me,it changed,and I do my best to live with it. On top of that,people say they do not see my deficits and do not understand my pain and struggle. John Steinbeck said when we understand each other,we will be kinder to one another. Maybe.
All I know is that a compliment felt good,and an unexpected kindness.
Time for me to pay it forward.