OK in the past few weeks I seem to have disappear from Republiqueno6. No, I wasn’t sick or anything but Mother was. For the past couple of weeks, she was loosing appetite and was coughing a lot. Fact is, couple of weeks ago she made me laugh my heart out. It was on the 19 of March. While coughing real hard she asked me would I drive to Luxembourg ’cause she was almost out of smokes. Stubborn or maybe trying to catch attention she refused to see the doc. It’s free for Pete’s sake. It’s the socialist way. You call and the doc comes to your home. But no. Mother wanted me to care for her. I’m not particularly good with sick people. I use natural stuff to heal. I gave her vitamin C, magnesium, some cough sirup based on garlic honey and lemon (hello minty fresh breath). Nothing seemed to work. Finally on Monday morning I called the doc who send her to the hospital stat.
I followed quickly in my own car and made it to the ER. Well knowing I wouldn’t see anyone from the famous series I still imagine people running all over with tired faces. No Doug Ross, no Mark Greene, and more so, no Carol Hathaway. At the end of a long empty corridor, a nurse was smoking with an ambulance driver. She had a bigger mustache than mine. I felt threatened in my machismo. As soon as she saw she ran towards me, realized she was holding a cig, ran back put it down and came back to me screaming that I had nothing to do there, it was for patient and hospital members only, that I should be intelligent enough not to bring my bacterias to ER.
I was s’posed to wait in the … waiting room outside. After 3 hours a doctor came out and called my family name. She was cute, in a very British fashion. Calmly she asked me several questions about mom. When I told her she smokes almost 2 cartons of cigs a month she told me she didn’t know that. She mentioned a scan, and a battery of tests and left.
Finally 5 hrs later, she was transferred to Geriatric. I was thinking of meeting the same type of cold and indifferent nurses like in ER and I had the surprise of a lifetime. Not only the nurses and other helpers were very competent, they were very kind, very involved in doing the best for their patients.
Although I’m not fond of social medicine, those guys did prove me they were a great bunch. Now I’ve seen the behavior of some personnel in other services and trust me they weren’t the kind of people I wouldn’t trust with a common cold, but kudos to those Geriatrics’s.
Mom has been there for 10 days now and I’ve been at the hospital daily. With all the oxygen she received she removed some of her cigs out of her lungs. Hopefully she wont ask for more once home.