Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Open Up and Say Ahhh ...

In recent days my grandmother, my dad, my mother-in-law, and my sister-in-law have all been in either the hospital or emergency room. In any case they have been subjected to time in a hospital bed.

Okay, it goes without saying that those forced to occupy a hospital bed are in some way incapacitated, injured, or in pain. They are in an emotionally vulnerable state. They are stressed.

So riddle me this? Why the hell are hospital bed TV remotes such a  pain in the ass? Why must you go through the whole damn array of station in only one direction. Why must these institutions of health torture their already beleaguered patients by making them continue to push the damned button when they accidentally overshoot their desired television station by one?

Are all hospital bed remotes this way or only here in Amarillo?

I get the fact the same remote calls the nurse, raises the head and feet of the bed, but really in this day and age of technology a channel down button is too much?

It is my belief this is just another example of the health industry sick and demented sense of humor. Why else would they make you parade around in a gown with your ass hanging out after a tonsillectomy?


Old Kitty said...

You have tv and tv remotes in your hospitals?!?!?! Wow!


Take care

G. B. Miller said...

Ours used to charge you to watch t.v. in your room.

Crystal Posey said...

I hope everyone in your family is free and clear of both the hospital and the ER! And we have the same issue here. On top of the fact that those remotes to the bed, they never work.

WordVixen said...

Ow. Please don't mention tonsilectomy. My one tonsil has been hugely swollen for over a week now (it was almost as big as a golf ball, now it's down to a very large marble- and it looks like a freaking bubble- like it should be popped!). I'm trying desperately to not go to the doctor. :-(

Beth said...

I have trouble with my remote at home!
Love the cartoon...
(sorry to hear so many family members have been in the hospital)

Steve Skinner said...

Better still, why do they have cooking shows as one of the channels? I was in for some day surgery last year and attempted to pass sometime while waiting for things to begin and it was either the news/talk shows or the food network. Both poor choices of someone who has been fasting for about 12 hours.

Jenn Jilks said...

You nutbar. I wish you well with your loved ones. I have a client with a cancer hole in his neck. You can see his carotid artery throbbing through it. Really sick. The wound had maggots, because he demanded to go home. I cannot tell you how sad it is. It's all paid for by medicare. But he really ought to be in hospital!

Cloudia said...

Wish them well,
and wish YOU
were in charge of hospitals!

Aloha from Honolulu

Comfort Spiral

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

I hope there's not an epidemic of ass-hanging-out-itis in your area!

Travis Erwin said...

Kitty- We couldn't survive without it.

G - That is harsh.

Crystal - They are all on the mend. Thanks.

Wordvixen- But you get all the ice cream you can eat.

Travis Erwin said...

Beth - Find a 7yo. they are hell on wheels with remotes.

Steve - Great point. You are already starving and even if they let you eat their food is crap.

Jenn - Sad. You are of course right. there are many with far more serious things to worry about. You are a treasure to do the work you do.

Cloudia - I don't wanna be in charge of nuthin.

Debra - If only it was the right asses. Sadly it never is.

sybil law said...

Sooo true!! Sorry to hear about the family ills - hope everyone gets better soon!!

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm sorry to hear about the run of health issues in the family. I hope that all resolves soon. I just pray I don't have to go to the hospital. I hate 'em.

Deanna said...

You are incorrectly assuming those remotes date to this day and age of technology. Have you ever really looked at those plastic coated, germy, things? They date back to the bag phones of the 80's. The gowns are as sadistic as the nurse who tries to find a vein with blood in it five times before calling for backup.

Phats said...

AMEN! Same here you have to actually go thru every channel before it will even turn off it's a pain!

Not going to like my msu/neb prediction

Lyzzydee said...

Well we don't even have TV's (Unless you are prepared to pay the extra £70 per week!!)
I am so 'into' hospitals having been a visitor for the past 9 months!!!
(I have seen it all!!)

Slamdunk said...

Ha, I have no answers.

And, to top it off, the remote is the most germ infested thing in the room. Blah.

Barrie said...

Love , love, love the cartoon!!

Kerrfman said...

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I am one of the managing partners for this product, and I truly believe this is going to be the replacement for those old, ugly hospital gowns.

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