June 22, 2004

Set the scene: Hospital

Mom is in the hospital again. I don't know what we are going to do with her.

While I am not going to focus on her symptoms or the extent of her condition, I will note some things that are extremely crappy about hospitals.

1. The smell. I can't stand the latex/jello/unmentionable fluid odor that pervades the hallways. I think, if bottled, the smell would fit nicely as a Harry Potter jelly bean.

2. Bad diagnosis. My mom's initial visit to the hospital was on Saturday, and they sent her home because they thought it was some kind of "other" thing--much less severe. The problems persisted over the week, and now she has to miss even more of her life because of the ER doctor's incompetence.

3. Cold. My poor mother is lying in bed, shivering. Can someone say "meat cooler"? I guess they are trying to keep the germs at bay; but really, shouldn't they try something like disinfectant? I went home to get another quilt for her. At least I know the flowers in her room will stay pretty.

However, hospitals are good for getting people better. I must realize that.

Just a little update on her condition (I know I said I wouldn't give particulars): she is going to be okay with some time. Let's hope the hospital doesn't kill her.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at June 22, 2004 5:40 PM

I could say something about this but I won't. Just realize that there has got to be a reason behind all of it--maybe that ER doctor needed to learn something else, and that's why he misdiagnosed your mother instead of someone else's mother, possibly saving someone's life...

Oh, sorry, was I being optomistic?

Posted by: Karissa at June 22, 2004 10:30 PM

The ER doctor wasn't there when my mom was admitted today. She probably won't know about her error. Argh.

However, I am very happy that she is diagnosed and that she is getting the treatment she needs now.

So happy for the optimism, Karissa. You just brightened my outlook on the situation. We learn from the mistakes we make. Thank you.

Posted by: Amanda at June 23, 2004 1:40 AM

Hope your mom gets better soon :-) No one should have to endure that hospital smell for more than 5 minutes. Blech.

Posted by: Donna at June 23, 2004 7:32 AM

I know how hospitals can be. I have never ventured my way up into one unless one of my relatives were having a baby (knock on wood). My best friend is a volunteer at one on Saturdays and she said the cafeteria food is outstanding, but that's about it. I will admit, the smell is nasty, plus I hate not being able to use your cell phone in there and you have to walk the whole way outside.

Please tell your mom that I hope she is feeling better soon and I'll be thinking of her. :-)

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at June 25, 2004 12:13 PM

I just thought of "W;t"

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at June 25, 2004 12:15 PM

The entire time I was in the hospital, I kept looking at my mother's hospital gown, and thinking about Vivian and how she wore two gowns to cover her back. My mom only had one. Poor woman.

Posted by: Karissa at June 25, 2004 5:29 PM

Whoops, Karissa stayed over at my house and used my computer. The previous comment is mine.

Posted by: Amanda at June 25, 2004 5:31 PM
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