...of I just needed to walk away

A post-procedure instruction list was given to me as I left the hospital. I do not have the original one; so instead, I found a similar list online, page 3. This one is from a civilian doctor, however, it’s pretty close to the one I received on base. Just keep in mind while you read it that my hotel was not really a hotel, it was Junior Enlisted quarters. Which meant that in my “space,” I had a bed, television, fridge, phone and microwave. Yeah, you read it right, no toilet, shower or sink. There was a community bathroom up the hall. Now this wasn’t a problem before I-131, because it was an all female floor, however, with my discharge instructions, it could be quite a problem.

For example, the sole use of bathroom thing, yeah, okay, if I were back at home that would have been possible, however, I live in the Junior Enlisted quarters at the moment so that is not an option for me! Other women were in the bathroom at all times! I reminded the doctor about my living arrangements and she paused for a moment and told me to avoid taking a shower for the next 48-hours, (I had been placed on a 48-hour “in home” quarantine), and only use the toilet if absolutely necessary. When I did use the toilet she told me to flush a few more times than the paper said and then clean it out with bleach. She also told me to put my “Do Not Disturb” sign out so that the maids would not come in during that time. All to which I irritatingly replied:

“Why now is it okay for me not to take a shower? Am I not supposed to keep on letting the stuff out of my body? And why do I have to use the bathroom when I really got to? Ain’t anytime somebody gotta use it necessary? I understand y’all not wanting to contaminate other people, but then y’all should have arranged for me to have other hotel plans or just let me stay in the hospital!”

I took my papers and began walking off “commando” style, (take it which ever way you want, LOL), as she tried replying to me that it wasn’t a requirement for patients to be hospitalized once their level reached the required…her voice trailed off.

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Proverbs 13:12 NIV


  1. Nothing like making it difficult huh? Sheesh!
    After awhile I'm sure you heard, blah blah blah blah blah!!!
    Love you my friend.

  2. You are a much better woman than I am. CRANKY would not hold a candle to this old ladies level had I been in your shoes.

    Blessings and prayers,

    PS: Sitka has an award for you at All Gods Creatures.

  3. I was reading that discharge list... Wow! Only by the grace of God, Larie, only by the grace of God.

  4. Once I read the list I was like. WHAT!!!.
    They should have kept you or made arrangements like you said. I pray you will never have to endure that again. Keep confessing your healing scriptures!

  5. Oh, dear. How happy I am for you that this is all behind you--no pun intended! LOL!

    I agree with Analisa: May this never happen again. Keep the Word goin' in your brain and out your mouth, dear one.

    Love you, Jen

  6. When you gotta go, you gotta go, right? You were a better woman with more class and integrity than almost anyone else could have been. Jesus did not bring you this far for this thing to rise a second time! :O)

  7. Ah ha! I just read the previous post. I understand the commando comment now. *grin*

  8. Oh my goodness! What a situation to be in! I don't even know what to say...


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