After five days on Upstate/Community General Observation Unit and eight days at Sunnyside Care Center rehab, what are my conclusions?
1. I am tired, too tired to know or care.
2. Care of the sick is given over to the least intelligent people.
3. The least intelligent people are the most rigid, inflexible people who gather in cliques of malice.
4. The poorest patients are given the worst treatment.
a. The doctor stopped by literally for a minute today because she was going to a funeral.
b. The nurse practitioner came in yesterday to tell me that she’d written prescriptions for my discharge without asking how I felt about being discharged, then left without talking to me: five minutes.
c. The nursing supervisor came in yesterday and told me that the doctor had seen me the day before: she had not.
d. The med nurse, the day before, had “put my name in the book,” requesting to see the doctor.
e. I once knew a physician who said that if I was sick enough to be in the hospital then I was sick enough to be seen every day.
5. Tomorrow I will be going home at 10:30 a.m., where my aide will meet me for three hours. Thereafter, I will be alone for 21 hours. I have no idea how I will get lunch or supper.
6. There are hundreds of thousands of people like me: women, living alone, unable to fend for themselves, and too depressed to care.
7. A neighbor called me last week to tell me that another one of our neighbors “exploded.” She died with nobody knowing or caring, and at some point—about three days into the decomposition process—she “exploded.” That’s the third person this year in our apartment building.
8. The Lord has called us to take care of each other. We’re not doing it.