I was at the hospital once and I almost died and no one who worked there seemed to care.
Well, maybe I didn't almost die, but I could have almost died. Either way, aren't hospital personnel obligated to try to save the lives of all their patients regardless of whether or not there was a real threat? It's ex post facto or something. No, wait that isn't right. Ex officio?
I went to the Women's Clinic at CHC last November for my first pre-natal appointment of this pregnancy. I checked in and they sent me to the ladies room to pee in a cup. Routine. No big deal. It took me a little longer than usual, however, as I also prepped myself for that first checkup. You know, that first one.
So as I was tending to my business in the restroom, the fire alarm went off. I freaked out a little bit. But as I tried to collect myself to exit, the fire alarm stopped. Okay. What now? I guess it was a mistake. All clear, right? So I continued on with my business.
Finally, when I finished, I exited the restroom to a totally empty corridor. A totally empty reception desk. A totally empty waiting room. Um. Hello? Anyone there?
And then there they were. Ladies in red scrubs, green scrubs, floral white scrubs, spread out and walking back into the building like a slow motion movie scene. They looked at me with wondering wide eyes, yet they just walked right on past me. Only one out of these fifteen or so ladies even bothered to talk to me.
"Are you okay? Do you need help?"
"I was in the restroom."
"Oh my goodness! We all ran for our lives and left you in the restroom!"
I think I was the only non-staff person in that whole wing. All the staff - nurses, doctors, admin - they aaalllllll ran for their lives and left the one patient in the restroom. Nice.