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This story that Justina tells is not some exception, but the way patients are usually treated on a psych unit. Warning: Those of us who have bad memories of such places might find this interview extremely disturbing because it brings back the memories:
I know people are asking, “How can such a prestigious hospital like Children’s Hospital in Boston be wrong? Let me tell you I do not care how prestigious a place is, all these psych units are inhumane! I have heard nightmare stories about Bader 5 in particular.
The story late in the interview about the shower incident is typical. Note that the “staff” always defer to each other. The patient is always wrong no matter what. This is the typical way that people are treated.
I hope that more of us can speak up about the human rights abuses that diagnosed people have to go through. It is not care. It is abuse.
I have known many Uruguayans who were “caught” undocumented in the United States. They were not doing anything wrong, not dealing drugs nor were they thieves. What were they doing? Raising families, taking care of loved ones, and trying to get by. All the “illegals” I have known were women. I can’t say enough that uprooting a family like that is cruel. One of these people was “illegal” due to a very minor technicality. This is common. The paperwork can get messed up. Do you know how many times the US government screws up their paperwork? They can’t seem to catch tax evaders nor employers who hire underage workers. They’re so behind, but that’s kinda understandable seeing that there are so, so many people to keep track of. The sheer numbers are going to muck up most computer systems anyway.
One of these “illegals” sadly was separated from family. I ask anyone out there, how would you feel if government red tape did that to your family? Often bureaucracy will prevent a family from being with each other, and they cannot reunite for many years. I think cops have better things to do than hound people that might not have the right paperwork. Aren’t they supposed to stop speeders and help children and elderly people? Aren’t they supposed to help cats stuck in trees? Or find lost dogs? Or help a person who may have taken too much heroin. Let’s not bog down the cops to do this very nasty work of kicking out “illegals.” I’ll bet most wouldn’t want to do it.
Hey, if a person should get caught, why not just give them a slap on the wrist and tell them they need to get their paperwork in order. Is your paperwork in order? If your desk looks all cluttered with used tissues like mine, it’s not. Which reminds me, I really need to toss them one of these days instead of letting them pile up like this. Sometimes I go on a rampage and find all the crumpled up sales slips, coupons I won’t use, and other miscellany and toss it all. I’m not breaking up families, I’m just neatening up around here.
Good morning! I have a terrible cold, please do not come near me or you will catch the yucky germs……
I ended up with a cold. I got it yesterday, very very suddenly. This was the last thing I was expecting. However, I recall feeling “freezing” on Tuesday for completely unknown reasons. I was so cold I was actually wishing for a hot flash. I’ve never wished for one, nor would I wish one on anyone. But at that moment, I was near other (oops!) and no one else was cold at all! I shrugged it off, figuring it was a fluke. Yesterday, Wednesday, I’d say around 2, reality struck. I truly felt awful. I wasn’t home. I was running errands and I had stopped in a little pizza place just to get a drink and rest for a sec. It hit hard, right then. “Gosh, I really feel like crap,” I said to myself.
On the way home, I sorely regretting misplacing that lone tissue I had kept in my pocket. I was…dripping…embarrassingly so. I am armed now with drip-wiping paraphernalia. I felt very yucky overnight but now, I’m just sniffly and not at all feeling like I have a tiny fever. I don’t know if I even had one because I stuck the thermometer in my mouth but couldn’t close it. How can anyone take oral temperature if you cannot breathe through your nose? It registered around 35 point something. I tried axillary and that was just under 37, which is slightly high for axillary but nothing to get alarmed about.
I noticed my hair is suddenly dry, too. So this morning I put oil in it. You wouldn’t believe how generous I get with oil in my hair sometimes, but I usually do not have to use it. When I do, though, I use baby oil. It gives my hair a nice shine, and it takes away the dryness. Does dry hair come with a cold? I don’t know.
I am hoping this cold goes away very fast. Can you all’s pray to Big Pharma, those gods that so many worship, and see if they can arrange a Get Well Fast for me? Do people do the Rosary to these gods? Of course they do! They count their pills and put them in pill organizers. Oh, the rituals of days past……
I am counting my blessings, as usual, that I am no longer a mental patient. It is truly the BEST THING.
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Here is a study confirming what I suspected:
Coffee is used medicinally in many cultures around the world. I am positive that it is helpful for some people. I benefit from it myself. I notice that I run faster and overall feel better. Believe it or not, coffee can help some people sleep! You’ve probably read the stories on that discovery. Most of the “sleep hygeine” suggestions are pure baloney in my opinion, in other words, they’ll work for some, while others are better off completely disregarding them.
The reason is as follows: The studies are based on the “average” test subject. Who the heck is average, anyway? If what you are doing isn’t working, don’t do it anymore and see if your life gets better.
I found the “kidney recommendations” to be likewise totally off for me. Self-reliance, not doctor-reliance, is the best way to go! If your body tells you something, listen to it!
Many facilities boast that they help x percent of patients and boast of astounding treatment success rates. However, if they are basing this on exit studies, they are flat out lying. Here’s why:
Have you ever been handed a questionnaire on your way out of hospital, just as you are being released? You want to get out, right? Patients have no clue whether their answers to these questions are going to be read prior to their discharge. If they fear their answers will affect their discharge (even if papers are being written up) for sure, they aren’t going to fill out “yes” to any questions that might end up delaying their discharge. Even patients who are outright pissed upon discharge will certainly not admit they are depressed, confused, lethargic, suicidal, or in any way worse off than when they came in.
That I know of, many facilities use these exit surveys to assess success rates. Whether or not they use an outside agency doesn’t matter, because in the patients’ minds, they want to get out, and if they think there’s any chance what they write will cause continued imprisonment, they’re not going to admit how they really feel.