I am one of those people who unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it) does not look their age. I am frequently asked by patients, "How old are you?" as they wonder if I am the real RN or simply a student. The other night at work I was asked this very question.
"I'm twenty-seven," I replied.
My seventy-seven year old patient said, in complete sincerity, "That old, huh?"
"What do you mean, that old?" I asked, surprised. Coming from somebody closer to eighty than seventy, I found this statement rather ironic.
"Well, you're closer to thirty than you are to twenty. All downhill from there."