Common Sense Has Exited The Building

, | Charleston, WV, USA | Right | October 18, 2016

While on my break, I observe a customer walking toward a back door that is an exit-only from the lobby.

It should be noted this door has a stop sign on it and clearly reads “EXIT ONLY” in large, white letters.

As you probably suspect, the customer attempts to enter the lobby using this door. The door, of course, does not open. The customer looks slightly confused as they try again. Naturally the door still does not open. I’m watching closely now because the customer has now tried twice to enter this door. I see the customer scan the door and mouth the words “Exit Only” as he reads the sign before trying again.

At this point the customer tries harder to open the door as though it may be stuck, with no success. The customer starts to walk toward the main doors, gets a few steps away, then rushes back to the door and quickly tries again as though they were trying to sneak up on the door. Finally the customer goes to the front of the restaurant and enters the main doors.

I wiped the tears from my eyes, as I had laughed through the whole things, and went back to work.

Insuring No Insulin

, | Madison, WI, USA | Related | October 17, 2016

When I first started working, my boss had a four-year-old son. Fast forward 20 years, and her son is now working for the same company, although still living with her.

They have a couple of cats, one of whom is diabetic and requires daily shots of Insulin. She would prepare the shots, and whoever got home first in the evening would inject the Insulin. The other would know the job was done by the absence of a filled syringe on the counter.

One day, she decided to clean behind the various canisters on the cupboard. She found a hidden stash of filled syringes. Apparently, the cat had figured out that the absence of a syringe meant no shot, so she was hiding them.

Doggie Day Caring

, | Renton, WA, USA | Hopeless | October 16, 2016

When I was in my early twenties and a fast food manager we had a brief period of time where our store was closed for construction and we helped at other locations to get our hours.

I have just finished letting the work crew in the building and is maybe a few blocks down the road to go to the second location to work when I see a small white fluffy dog wandering along the very busy road I am driving on.

I manage to get the dog in my car and call the number on the collar but I have to leave a message as no one answered.

The dog came with me to work and as it is late and not hot at all I leave him in my car with some water and a small beef patty to eat.

Nearly four hours later I finally receive a call from the family. He had managed to slip out just as they had left for dinner and a movie.

They came to pick him up and asked for my address so they could thank me. I really didn’t expect anything of it but I was so touched when a week later I found that not only had they sent me a very kind thank you note but they had also included $100, something that made my bills that month a little easier to pay.

Doggie Day Caring

, | Renton, WA, USA | Hopeless | October 16, 2016

When I was in my early twenties and a fast food manager we had a brief period of time where our store was closed for construction and we helped at other locations to get our hours.

I have just finished letting the work crew in the building and is maybe a few blocks down the road to go to the second location to work when I see a small white fluffy dog wandering along the very busy road I am driving on.

I manage to get the dog in my car and call the number on the collar but I have to leave a message as no one answered.

The dog came with me to work and as it is late and not hot at all I leave him in my car with some water and a small beef patty to eat.

Nearly four hours later I finally receive a call from the family. He had managed to slip out just as they had left for dinner and a movie.

They came to pick him up and asked for my address so they could thank me. I really didn’t expect anything of it but I was so touched when a week later I found that not only had they sent me a very kind thank you note but they had also included $100, something that made my bills that month a little easier to pay.

Levels Of Service Are Bi-Poles Apart

, , , | USA | Working | October 15, 2016

Years ago I was misdiagnosed with being bipolar until it was discovered I had PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) which causes a woman to have a serious hormone imbalance — imagine having PMS 24/7 and a 100 times worse. After getting my PCOS under control with the correct medications and the right doctors everything got better emotionally for me. No more sudden bursts of anger or crying for no reason, etc.

Then about three years later I break my arm and have to go to the ER by myself. I call my husband at work and he came to the ER later on.

While in the hospital my medical records show I had been diagnosed with being bipolar BUT also showed it was a misdiagnosis. However, the ER doctor on call seems to only see that I was diagnosed with a mental disorder and that is that. He seems to completely ignore the misdiagnosis and during the my time in the ER between x-rays and scans, etc. he keeps trying to get me to take the same antipsychotic medications I was on before and even loudly berates me because I “stopped taking my meds.” I try explaining, even give him both my family doctor’s and my gynecologist’s number but he just won’t believe me. Even when my husband finally arrives and tries to talk to him the doctor just won’t listen.

And on top of that, the ER nurses somehow find out about it as well and a few of them (not all) start treating me as if I should be admitted to the psychiatric wing of the hospital for not taking the antipsychotic medications.

The final straw is when the ER doctor leans over me while I am lying down on a hospital bed and gets up in my face and threatens to have the medication injected into me even if they have to hold me down and have me admitted to the psychiatric wing. My husband gets up then and almost grabs the doctor (he later said he was going to beat the crap out of him) but I tell him to stop and I said the magic words that I implore any patient of a hospital in a similar situation use, “I have the right as a patient to refuse any and all medications and procedures and I’m demanding to see a patient advocate NOW!”

Both I and my husband agreed later on that we both have never seen a person get so pale so fast.

The doctor leaves quickly without saying another word and we assume he went to get a patient advocate but about 30 minutes later when a nurse (one of the good ones) comes in to check on us we ask about our request. She didn’t know we had requested to see one and when she goes to check at the nurses station they don’t have any request either. They go ahead and call for one then.

When the patient advocate arrives and my husband and I explain what has been happening he helps us lodge a complaint against the ER doctor and we never saw that doctor again while waiting to be discharged. The few nurses who gave me grief also seem to avoid our room which is fine with us. The patient advocate did say the doctor in question has been updated to the fact my bipolarism really was a misdiagnosis and that we made a formal complaint about his behavior. The advocate ended up apologising on the doctor’s behalf which we both thought was unfair since it should be the doctor doing it.

On leaving the ER with my arm in a cast and feeling good from the painkillers, we pass the nurses’ station. Only the nurses and staff who did NOT judge me smile and say their goodbyes and get wells. The few who treated me like I was less than human have their heads down, apparently doing “paper work.”

I don’t blame the hospital for the way I was treated. I blame that doctor and the few nurses for assuming things without either knowing the whole story or refusing to listen, and thinking anyone with a mental disorder are liars or not to be taken seriously.

It scares me that there could be people with mental disorders being treated the way I was treated.

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