Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Madness Of Modern Medicine...
Let me tell you a real life horror story.It's about my mother, who is in her 80's. Now, I must interject here that I know some retired and working nurses...and they are wonderful people. This little take is NOT directed toward any of them!
Yesterday, my mother went to the doctor's office around 9:00 in the morning as she wasn't feeling well. Three hours later, she got back to her house. When I went to check on her, she said that she had to go into the hospital because of a Staph infection, She was running a fever and had a headache, with achy joints....
I was to take her to the doctor's office again by 2:00 P.M. to pick up the paper work and then across the street to the hospital. In typical fashion, the doctor's office had her come in at 1:45 for a 2:00 appointment to pick up papers.
At 2:30, the papers were finally ready and we went to the hospital to get her checked in. They sent her from the main desk to another examination room to have her vital signs recorded. A Nurses Aid took her temp and another drew blood. About 3:15 we left the second examination room and finally went to a room!
Now keep in mind, all this time she had not been given anything for the headache or the fever, had not eaten lunch, had not even seen a nurse, much less a doctor! After she was in her room, another Aide came in and did the vitals again, and came up with a totally different set of blood pressure readings and temp. Of course, all the readings were being done by machines so that the patient never had to be touched by human hands!
Finally, about 4:15 a nurse showed up. She proceeded to take yet another set of vitals, came up with a completely new set of readings, and gave this poor old lady instructions on how to use the phone and the bed lift. Mom asked for something for the headache and the fever, and was told that no doctor had authorized any medications as of yet!
So there was my mother, finally in her bed, checked by three different people with three different machines, all with three different sets of vital signs, and no one authorized to give any relief from the pain or the illness! I left around 4:40 in the afternoon, disgusted with the so called "modern health care providers".
Just so you know their heart was in the right place, do you know what the first stop was inside the hospital? The Finance office! That's right...an elderly, sick old woman was first taken to the finance office to see if she was covered by enough insurance to get treated by modern, inhuman, inaccurate medical machinery!!
There are very few examples of the humanity that should be there in that hospital. As far as I'm concerned, The medical profession has, for the most part, has lost touch with the individual and can only see the dollar signs! I would rank the private sector right along with the politicians as far as being worthy of nothing more than my contempt. I'm sure that there are those that really care, I just haven't seen them as of late
So today, I'm going to be working on getting my positive attitude back. Too much negativity yesterday and that spells trouble for me.
Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee, and sit on the patio for a bit. Maybe you'll help me think positive thoughts!