Hey, Sno, was that article in relation to the molestation of women by a certain doctor in NSW, and the damage done by a fake surgeon in Queensland who went unchallenged for years because the doctors closed ranks?
Thanks so much for your support, advice and sympathy, folks. This incident is the latest in a long series of arrogant-big-city-hospital incidents that I haven't bothered to share with you here, but suffice it to say that I'm getting tired of them.
I happened to have an appointment with a very special doctor who actually LISTENS yesterday, so I told her about
it, and said that I was getting tired of having the hospital being mean and rude and dismissive to patients who have legitimate concerns. She promptly bristled, hopped on the phone and pulled rank, and lo! suddenly I have a bed. Amazing.
The doctor is gratifyingly outraged and is set to write them a nasty letter, too, saying that they won't be getting ANY patients from this area if they keep pulling these stunts. I think that might do the trick, don't you?
Apparently they're sending me a new consent form to sign, so I might attach a letter of my own at that point, and then follow it with another phone call.
I am gratified to know that they *say* I have a bed, but I won't believe it until I'm actually sleeping in it. Last month, when they inserted the seton, I was supposed to have a bed afterwards... and they actually operated and then came into the recovery room while I was waking up and said "um, we're sorry, we made a mistake and we don't actually have a bed for you at all. Do you know anybody in the city who can take you to their house and look after you there?" Answer, NO, so they had to compromise and find a temporary resting place for me... but that was on a weekday when the hospital was fully functional, and this surgery & recovery will be on a Friday and weekend, when fewer beds will be available.
I wish I could get a bit better so I could get seriously activist on these issues. The whole system is screwed up and needs fixing, and all we poor sick patients can do is fight our own causes... and most of the time we don't even have the energy to do that well. We need someone to fight for us, so I'm grateful that this doctor went in to bat for me this time, because I really don't have the energy to fight well right now.
Thanks again... very, very much.
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