Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Cell Phone Rant
I remember the days when people were scared to bring their cell phones in the hospital. They were afraid to set off the monitors and cause all kinds of harm. Most would at least shut them off, or go outside to talk. My....how things have changed.
Daily, I walk into a patient's room and have to wait for them to get off the phone. "Hey man...the doctor just came in. Let me holla at you later. Yeah. Yeah. Uh huh. No. I know. Haha. Hey, can I call you back, the doctor is still waiting. Hey doc, hold on a second while I finish up." That's pretty much the conversation I hear about 8 times a day. If its not that, its the loud ass ring tones that blast in the middle of my history taking or physical exam. Forget them not answering the phone or sending it to silent. Nope. I have to wait for them to answer and finish. Even text messaging or game playing takes precedence over my exam.
Yesterday I was suturing a 7 year old boys forehead, and his mom was sitting outside the door shouting on the cell for all to hear. "Hell yes kinfolk! As soon as I get out of here I'm gonna drop him off at my cousins. I got my blunts all rolled up. You better come with yours rolled up too! We gonna get so high tonight. I got the fatties bitch!" Great mom. It's no wonder the kid had the vocabulary of a 3 year old.
That same day...I had a patient wanting a phone book to deliver pizza to his room. We didn't have a phone book. He had his cell phone right there waving it in my face, but of course didn't want to dial '411. Then, when it was time to discharge him with his prescription for Bactrim (four dollar prescription), he flipped out. How dare I give him a script and not just the pills...because of course he couldn't afford the four dollar medicine. "Sir, you have a cell phone and you wanted to order a pizza....I think both of those cost more than your script will, right?" I cannot post his reply due all the cuss words. Let's just say my Press Ganey scores sucked for that day.
Posted by SerenityNow at 5:49 PM