Friday, August 30, 2013
Got cal from assisted living and hospital..mom is back in E.R.
I t looks like an infection of some sort,, her BP is okay, but her BS was 293 before eating breakfast.. she was just mumbling..
another brush with in competence:I call assisted living, tell director that I was returning an emergency call about mom going to the hospital,,she leaves me on hold for a minute,then tells me that nurse is busy on another line.. found out later she was talking with her family..
Call hospital and admitting puts me on hold,, I refuse to stay on hold longer than a minute anywhere, so I hang up.. Dd says, how will you know what is going on with Grandma? I tell her, don't worry, they have a dementia patient alone in a trauma room, cannot tie her down,,that means they have to watch her until I get there, they will call me back very fast. One minute later, phone rings. Same admitting lady,, wonders why I was not still on hold!!!!!!! Had the nads to actually say it..(it was twenty minutes later), I tell her why, she asks me if anybody is in the room with mom.. I tell her unless it is a nurse, then no,I am here, in my home(I had already told her that I was the only person in charge of mom and in town)..
I tell her to connect me with nurses desk and I will find her nurse,,she connects me with moms room, but then the phone goes dead. so again hang up.
Half hour later, I call admitting lady again, tell her not to say anything, just connect me with nurses desk. Nurse Dave, tells me mom has temp now and is sick, I ask if she most likely will be admitted,,he finally admits, yes, most likely..
It only took me X amount of phone calls and two hours of incompetence to find that out...
I knew that it was not an emergency for mom or I would just have driven there, but with their level of speed , I have plenty of time.. Will go there after dinner.. I know they have already done some tests, will check her for infections, and then put her in a room. Every time I go with mom to E.R.(a lot) she sleeps and I end up sitting in a hard chair for 7 or 8 hours..(she was the only patient in E.R at the time)
I am getting too old for this routine.. I have decided to let hospital staff watch her and I will be there later until my bedtime.. last time I worked around their slow schedule and I got sick with my diabetes and blood pressure.. no more..
When I worked there many years ago, I would have been reprimanded for that level of stupidity.. then fired... these are veteran workers..
This heat does not help my mood, but it has been a long day, up at four a.m.,, DD was mowing parents lawn when they called about her ..
I know I sound like an ingrate and whiner, but it has been years of this.. I just finished paying all of mom's bills and straightening her paperwork around for SS, Medicare, V.A. Bay County and her Pharmacy things,, ,, one needs a vacation just from the red tape and paperwork, let alone her home,,
after that last storm, another big branch fell just short of that new roof I had put on her house.. I do not need that to happen again...