I have always had a great appreciation for nurses. Similar to teachers there are many hats they wear…charter…pill dispenser…vitals taker…listener. After this past week I would also have to include abuse from patient taker.
Kathy was in the hospital for the last six days. She had by-pass surgery on her leg. It kept cramping every time we would do any kind of distance walking. They tried opening it with a angio which worked for a while, but then it blocked again. Surgery was the next step.
Surgery went well. She spent three days in the cardiac care unit (CCU) and was then transferred to a medical floor.
That is where the antics began. There was a woman two rooms down from Kathy whose mouth did not stop. She was constantly yelling for the nurses wanting her vapor cigarette, her walker, dinner (after just having breakfast) to go to the bathroom to get out of bed, etc. You get the picture. Her language which was directed at the nursed was not always the politest.
She was going to call her lawyer because of the way she was being treated. She did not want certain doctors in her room because they were rude to her. The list goes on. The nurses, being professional, couldn’t and didn’t respond in the way I am sure they would have liked to.
Kathy and I always tried to be pleasant when they came into Kathy’s room. We figured they needed a calm place if only for a few minutes while they were in the room.
I understand that this woman might have had other issues beside the medical one that got her admitted to the hospital. Maybe she couldn’t help what she was saying. I say this because she could be calm and nice one minute and the next she would be yelling and spewing obscenities.
Most people I know do not like being in a hospital but sometimes it is the only place to get the help we need. Nurses are there to help us, make us as comfortable as possible, carry out the doctor’s orders. They are not our servants and need to be treated with respect. In the few times I have been in a hospital patients treat the nurses respectfully.
I would like to think the the woman I described is a very rare exception.