Today I had occasion to visit a hospital as a potential patient. The view from this side of the window is a tad different. OK it is very different, and every time I have this “moment” present itself to me… I am a dual person. Part patient, and part auditor.
I take in everything, the way I’m greeted, the way other potential “clients” are treated, waiting time, cleanliness, & important to me is the way staff interact with you.
Emergency drop off, you are faced with steps, there is a ramp over to the side, but unless you have been there before, or know it is there, you have no choice but to try to make your way up the steps.. that have a very considerate sign that says, “be careful, slippery when wet” something to that effect. I was able to make my way up the steps, but another lady who was clearly in great distress was doubled over by the time she made it into the reception area.
My own journey through the “welcome centre” was smooth enough, except for the first person who spoke to me like I was a child who wasn’t listening. to her sergeants command to “wait”! Unfazed I did wait until the lady who I mentioned earlier came in and there was no one to help her. Then MY ” I am higher than you in the chain of command” persona took over.
All in all, as I said, for me the hours were productive. I did get to lie in a private room with a call button at my side, and IV in my arm.. the colours of the room were soothing, and altho’ I could hear the hustle and bustle around me. I could detach, I was in an area that was prepared should my body do something that required their immediate attention. I put my vest on backwards to keep my chest warm, a gown under my head, rolled like the Chinese neck supports of olden days, and slept.
When I got home, I painted the friend I met while sleeping.. Big smile. She is not finished, but wanted to capture her sweetness before I totally wake up.
Another day has come and gone. Hope you had a good day. I am going to be a good girl and REST till I see the doctor next week. What will you be up to. A lot of fun, and happy making of memories I hope.
PL Precept #18 Each moment is a turning Point
PL Precept 17 Grasp what is most Essential