A hospital administrator was startled to see a patient fleeing down the hall out of the operating room, his loose gown flapping in the breeze behind him. He stopped the patient and said, “Do you mind telling me why you ran away from the operating room?” The patient looked at him with startled eyes and said, “It was because of what the nurse said.” The administrator said, “Oh, what did she say?” “She said, “Be brave! An appendectomy is quite simple.” The administrator said, “Well, so what? It is quite simple. I would think that would comfort you.” The patient said, “The nurse wasn’t talking to me; she was talking to the doctor.”
From 1001 Humorous Illustrations for Public Speaking – Michael Hodgin, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 2002, Page 71.