As readers know, my husband and I are first responders in most crises. He is a nurse working in a hospital with active Covid-19 patients. I work for Child Protective Services. As you know, abuse and neglect of children never goes away, and is often heightened in a crisis, though we are never mentioned in said crisis. If I sound butt hurt about this, it’s because I am motherf*cking butt hurt about this. I’ve been sending my staff into people’s homes with what paltry supplies I could locate and buy myself and whatever they can cobble together on their own. And no one cares. NO ONE. I’m starting not to care because it hurts too much to. That’s my soapbox on that for the day.
My husband has access to the protective gear he needs, though by his reports it is stupidly and begrudgingly allocated by panicked hospital administrators who have little more idea of how to handle this than CPS does. This weekend he started coming down with symptoms of Covid-19. We hoped for the flu.
His hospital, like most hospitals now, screen all employees for fever when they arrive for work. He was sent home last night after presenting with a mild fever and answering yes to too many screening questions. His symptoms continue to worsen today, mainly mild shortness of breath, coughing, fever, chills, and body aches.
What happened in between him being sent home and now needs to be know far and wide. We have been discussing the saintliness of doctors and nurses, and yet we are not looking too close at how hospitals are handling this from a Human Resources point of view, and what they are doing to support their employees who do get sick.
He received a phone call this morning asking him all sorts of questions about his symptoms, and then the questions shifted. They wanted to know if he was staying at home when he was off. They wanted to know where he had been other than work. He told them he was only going to the grocery and gas station once a week, and to and from work and home.
Then they asked if he lived with anyone who might have been exposed. Because he feels strongly about full disclosures and informed consent, he told then that he lived with his wife, who works for CPS and is an essential state employee who must continue to work.
Then he got to ask questions. Would they test him and how did they want him to handle his time off so he could be paid. Answers: No, they won’t test him, and he can’t work for 7 days, and he has to use his own PTO. Understandably, he asked why.
“Well, you could’ve caught it anywhere!”
I could hear the emphasis through the phone, though it was not on speaker. Literally, that was the answer. They said this to a nurse working in a hospital on a floor with active Covid-19 patients. We were on our own for testing, and the hospital would not put him on the necessary leave, which they had been offering other employees previously.
We called their competitor hospital’s Covid-19 line right away. THEY want to test us. We’re in a line that could take up to 72 hours.
Meanwhile, I’ve started having symptoms. I have a fever, a massive headache, and I feel like shit. I’m about 2 days behind him on symptoms.
I just really can’t believe this is the answer. After all that Kumbaya shit from the left, and the $4 trillion and still more coming from the federal government, and a hospital that has exposed its employees to Covid-19 can just act like this? Really?
I feel like I have been walking around my whole life slack-jawed over how incredibly cruel and careless people can be with each other.
That’s our update. Also, the picture is one I took yesterday while practicing social distancing. I’m posting it for Helen. 🙂 How’s it going in your world?