What's in a Hug?
Recently I told a patient I was going to place a safety belt on her and reached in to attach the belt. She instinctively hugged me as my arms were around her. This was awkward to say the least. I have told male patients that I am going to place a belt around them and some will stick out their hand so I shake it and proceed with placing my belt. But a hug? What am I supposed to do?
Do I hug back? Do I simply continue with what I am doing and step back? I know this may have been weird for her too because she may have misheard me (is that possible from two feet away?) or she saw me "leaning" into her and did what came natural for her. But I am a virtual stranger to this lady, who I met the day before.
She was cognizant, well aware of her surroundings and understood all of my instructions. I want to know why she hugged me. Maybe it is my good looks? No, that can't be it. Maybe I was kind, possibly. More than likely she was used to it - she taught school at an elementary level. Maybe she flashed back and thought I was one of her pupils. Whatever the reason, it was still strange for me to receive a hug uninvited.