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Chula

Doctors are totally bombarded with sensory overload and sleep deprivation until they learn to turn off large parts of their psyches. Add to that the cult of the "professional" whose training and experience make him/her superior to everyone else, and you get some pretty wack behavior. Good for you for standing up for Milo! Every sick person needs an advocate! But I know it can be exhausting...

e

... what kind of culture creates and promotes their enormous egos...

the medical establishment. you know ,that one. nurse J is right: don't stand down, ever!

GraceD

Fucking A for Asshat, Badger. This is insane. What if you didn't speak English/was low income/easily intimidated by the system? How fucked is that? And that's every day fuckness, all around te country.

I' frothing at the mouth. I'll shut up and just say howdy and send big love to the Family Badger...

gwendomama

Don't.
Stop.
For a second.
that place can really suck, and they specialize in intimidation. luckily, you have not succumbed.

owlmonkey

when did my EMT training years ago, the paramedic instructors basically instilled in us the idea that what was most important was covering your ass. the way the legal system worked, you couldn't really care about patients for all the time you spent making sure you just did the 'least risky' thing that was the most 'common' and 'agreed' upon and always keeping abreast of that. seemed like it was taken to a terrible extreme, and turned me off from the medical professions altogether. i figured the whole system had that feel now. can't really care, just do what will minimize potential lawsuits and keep your malpractice insurance rates down.

super glad to hear m. is doing ok now, poor guy. :( :(

black_pearl

"I don't see why they can't be human beings... what kind of culture creates and promotes their enormous egos..."

Ours unfortunately. It's one of the things that turned me off to becoming a doctor.

Lisa Hirsch

Oh, sigh. I'm sorry; this all sucks.

It's not just enormous egos and the culture that promotes huge-ego doctors. It's the hierarchical system, where nurses are mistreated and disrespected as professionals, plus the systemic chaos in which there's very poor coordination of patient care, bad communications, lack of teamwork, etc.

Lea

It's the week for assholes. I posted in myLJ about our adventures with a GP earlier this week.
He was SUCH an ASSHOLE. He started with padlocking the doors and cabinets to keep my son from eating, and finished with walking out on me when I asked him to let me finish telling hom why I wasn't in before that day.

Oh, the letter to his bosses, she will be Epic.

Boy goes in tomorrow for day surgery. I am taking notes AND pictures.

ses

Can I also suggest it is useful to record whatever you can? If you are asked not to record (and are NOT around sensitive medical equipment) take a large handbag and drop the recorder in.

A speech path with an Aspie child recommended this to me and the mums at a support meeting i was at earlier this year.
I haven't tried it yet as i'm no longer a case manager - my boy's mum is back in town -- so i'm still on notebooks - i take notebooks absolutely everywhere. I now have a PDA and write things into that (though I haven't got it recognising my writing as fast as i wanted to) as the pile of semi-legible notebooks has got too huge. looking forward to the technology that can read my writing, and comes with an endless battery.

badgerbag

I almost took pictures of the Xtreme penis damage, but then didn't...

wired

The Xtreme penis damage is part of what's giving me the wiggins. Baz has phimosis, the ped. says it's no big deal, but that could have been my little boy!

Catheters suck!

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