It’s getting late, and I have so many things to say, but the one point I wanted to get across is that I wish people would get their vaccines. COVID could go the way of polio, H1N1, and chicken pox. If people would just let herd immunity do its work.
I don’t know if people have been following me around on other forums, but my mom has this one patient. A 23-yr. Old male; let’s just call him Xander because of HIPAA. Xander has severe cerebral palsy, to the point where he is bed bound. He is legally blind, and cannot speak normally so he uses a device. When he doesn’t have his device, he claps to answer a question or when he is happy. His parents care about him very much and make sure he has a good quality of life.
Well, Xander got a UTI. He presented to the St. John’s ER presenting with symptoms, and when a urine sample was taken they were able to culture bacteria from it. This bacterial infection turns out to be extremely aggressive, and only responds to two IV antibiotics. They admitted him and got an IV flowing. But then, later that night (it was Friday) they tell him he needs to leave because they needed his bed for a potential COVID patient. They told his parents that the pharmacy was closed for the night and they could come back on Monday and get his medication. They essentially dumped him. This makes me livid, because what if he develops sepsis?
I posted this in another forum and they called him a “waste of space” and also stated that I had no compassion, because to be honest- and I’m going to sound like a jerk- I am for hospitals turning away unvaxxed COVID patients, or at least diagnosing them with medical non-compliance. I say this because while an ER turning anyone away is technically illegal, I am all for getting people to take personal responsibility for their health. I also understand COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is an illness that can be treated in outpatient if you catch it early enough. You would have to wait awfully long for it to get to the point of needing a ventilator.
As it turns out, in one local hospital (and it seems to be the one everyone likes), of the COVID patiemts admitted, they are reporting that 90% of them are unvaxxed. Every hospital from here to OKC- every single one- is on divert. Partially because of the volume of people with COVID, partially because there is a severe nursing shortage. There aren’t enough people to staff the beds.
I’m going to go to bed, but will pick this up in the morning before lab. I…can’t even begin to describe how I feel about all of this, but none of it is positive or good.