Really!!!-Pet Peeve #47

Filed under:2006,Rants — posted by JAWjaw on 1/28/2006 @ 11:06 am

Okay, I know that Americans have the reputation of being “ugly”. Being in the kind of business I’m in and where I’m at, it doesn’t take much of an imagination to understand how the reputation came about! However, what has happened today goes to prove that sometimes we’re not being “ugly”; instead, the other side is being way out ridiculous. Maybe because I’ve worked in the hospital business before I expect some degree of common sense. Who knows maybe, just maybe, that’s being unreasonable. Last Friday night my father-in-law was sent from his nursing home to the emergency room due to pneumonia. We work on Friday and Saturday nights. So at 1:45 a.m. hubby gets a phone call to come to the hospital to be a co-signer for the admittance paperwork. Okay, so far, not out of reason. This Saturday morning we get a “wake-up” call at 8:48 to come talk to the hospital about father-in-law’s release from the hospital back to the nursing home. HELLO, didn’t anyone at the hospital notice last week when hubby came in to the hospital emergency room that he had been drinking and looked exhausted? Does anyone at the hospital bother to get information as to the working hours of the “next of kin”? This is like the third time in one week that hubby has been called-in for various reasons. Wouldn’t it make sense not to stress out the relatives of the patients by documenting the best contact time for non-emergency situations? I feel red tape and bureaucracy of “just doing the job” can be a minus in situations like this.


  1. Dawn sorry to hear about this.I was thinking probably they were contacting Taki on his cell phone?.If so it seems like people have no problem here calling your cell phone way into the night.Our Kudo Necko (Black cat service),will call Kaoris cell phone with delivery of parts to the shop as late as 10.00 at night sometimes!!!!!!..Also as you have noticed Okinawa is definately picking up the pace of life,And I knwo the Hospital Kaori works at they shuffle patients in and out quite rapidly now..Things are a changing here to Ha?.

    Comment by Bradley Lietha — 1/30/2006 @ 8:18 am

  2. The call is understandable when it is an emergency situation. But if it is for a routine visit to discuss release procedures, couldn’t they at least have reasonable hours provided. Everyone knows that Okinawa is basically a 24 hour kind of place. Many people work night jobs. I feel best non-emergency contact times should be a routine question when admitting a patient, and logged on the next of kin’s contact information. It doesn’t do the patient or the family any good to have to worry about stressed-out family members.

    Comment by JAWjaw — 1/30/2006 @ 9:35 am

  3. Ah I undertsand now yes that would be nice.Thats probably why every paper in America asks for Work/Home phone in other words trying to call at humane times!!!..Anyways hopefully Taki,s Father is well now.Also some Hospitals.(Especially bigger ones).you would think that there patients are cattle and not humans Ha?.They see so many patients it,s like get em in and get em out.!!!

    Comment by Bradley Lietha — 1/30/2006 @ 10:35 am

  4. Oh one more thing on this Blog.I feel that most Americans are really caring and nice people.But the social stigmatizim that comes with being a GI is all that some Okinawans know and they seem to have no desire to know some Americans more then what the Media publishs about them..On the other side of that.Is all they see are GI,S..Needless to say there is a bit of difference between a Young Marine and your average civilian in America!!!.Both good and bad..I,ve told some of our freinds already don,nt Judge Americans by what you see here,Go to a small town in America then make your decision..Like China Grove TX Ha??.LOL

    Comment by Bradley Lietha — 1/30/2006 @ 10:40 am

  5. Not even that! Many of the behaviors seen over here aren’t even seen in the same people (well not as openly) back stateside. But, hey I’ve been here long enough to know that the same can be said of many locals. Get them in an environment that isn’t typical or standard and they act in ways that I know that they would never behave in other local situations. It all boils down to what we both agree on, it can’t be neatly packaged into one nationality, heredity, or any other single factor. Basically it is individual people that tend to create havoc for everyone else just for the “fun” of it. And as far as I’m concerned, any person who gets pleasure out of another person’s misery is an ***hole. Of course that, because of the nature of the beast, won’t make a difference to them.

    Comment by JAWjaw — 1/30/2006 @ 12:38 pm

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