Thanks NjC17!! It’s been a true odyssey!
There are several reasons why I don’t trust anything or anyone in a hospital.
One: I’ve had so many horrifying situations in hospitals while caring for my mother, aunt (mom’s sister) and my grandparents who both suffered from physical limitations. Whenever I had to bring them for an outpatient test of some kind, there was ALWAYS a problem. One time when my grandfather was hospitalized for a heart condition, they sent him home some days afterward and when I got him home I discovered they had left the IV stuck in his wrist. The supposedly well-educated, well-trained, and she said to me “Just pull it out.” I was outraged and brought him back to the hospital and I ran and got the supervising nurse. It was like that all the time. I could tell you much more about my experiences there. Anyway, I just have a very sour taste in my mouth regarding hospitals.
When I went to the place they made 1,000+ promises of my care none of which ever came about. When I would put my call light on, the average wait-time was 30 minutes. I have experienced this never before. I was laying in my bed because I couldn’t get back into bed without help. I waited almost 2 hours before someone came to help me. Eventually, my sister (who lives 5 minutes from the facility) got so sick of their poor treatment that she called the police. The police came out and took my statement and gave me their cards and a reference number of the
complaint. Troubled by this treatment because 90% of their patients here are in their 80’s, 70’s, 90% and even a couple of !00’s. But, how many of them can advocate for themselves? Where are their families and loved ones? We all know what the problems are: MONEY. They are raking in thousands perhaps even 10’s of thousands over each patient. When I got my statement from Medicare stating what they’re paying and what they’re not I was shocked to see the first line of information stated that my 2 day stay in ICU (because of my alleged heart attack) would cost almost $25,000 and that was just for the BED and meals. The doctors who would come by listen to my heart beat, make a few comments and they’d leave–not even 5 minutes yet my Medicare bill states that the doctors who came into my room fulfilled a regulation that they remain with the patient for a minimum of 20 minutes. What a joke!!
It didn’t matter to them that I don’t sleep in a bed, but on my recliner. But, the PT was very good. Nursing and nurse aide all get a big fat F. They are always understaffed and their help isn’t very reliable because they’re always calling in sick. That is one reason why they are understaffed. I would venture to guess that 98% of the staff, with the exception of maintenance, are all from Africa. They are so nice with a few exceptions. I cannot understand what they are saying 98% of the time! Who knows where they were trained.
In that 2 hour time I made up my mind that they won’t hear the last of me once I’m discharged. I’m not talking about getting lawyers involved in this, but to deal with with these horrible conditions by going to Washington and rattling some cages over there. I’m also going to the net to search for whomever regulates,licenses, or who have some kind of agency looking over at these places. So any suggestions from your readers or blog buddies, I’m asking for some help in this. I want to go after these varmints and send them to jail, although I realize that’s probably not going to happen.