In order to allow Eve a chance to get some sleep, Doctor L had
ordered that the blood tests that he wanted shouldn't be taken until
later in the morning. Unfortunately, Doctor C ALSO wanted blood
tests, and therefore instead of being woken up early in the morning one
time for two samples, Eve was woken up once for Doctor C's
samples, and then again for Doctor L's samples just a couple hours
later! IDIOTS! MORONS! *sigh* I loose energy...
Eve did get some sleep that night though. Many of the nurses normal
attempts to wake her up were throttled somehow. For several hours in a
row, we were undisturbed, and Eve managed to sleep.
But this was the day that we would be going home, and Eve was freaking
out waiting for Doctor L to arrive and clear us. The only place we could
go, to get away from her room and away from patients calling desperately
for nurses to help them (45 minute wait, sorry), was the busy lobby which
had a tropical fish tank. We visited there, briefly, a few times during
the last couple days. But we had to be around when Doctor L came
in, so we had to go back.
Doctor L cleared us to go, finally, but he had one last curve ball to
throw at us. It seemed as though Eve's potassium level was still too
low. Another potassium drip was called for. I took Doctor L out of the
room, and I talked to him private. Is this completely necessary? I mean
REALLY REALLY necessary? Can't we just have a prescription potassium pills
to take? Eve NEEDED to LEAVE! She was falling apart!
He just stared blankly as I pleaded with him to spare her.
Yes, it was absolutely positively necessary, he told me. And I backed
down. And I regret it with all my heart. I knew that he was lying
through his teeth, and the drip meant almost nothing, but I backed down.
I still didn't realize that the doctors were my mortal enemies. They
ONLY cared that there was a one-in-one-BILLION chance that her lower
potassium level, that THEY KNEW ABOUT, might cause a problem after she
left. And that may cause them to be sued if they didn't treat it.
Patient be damned and buried, they HAD to protect themselves at all
Eve was furious, but all she could do was sob as they hooked her up and
the drip started.