Sunday, April 1, 2012
If, on the other hand, you have a broken mind and are howling and mumbling in mental anguish, you may not take the simple route to your local A& E Department. Instead you must travel a far more circuitous route. Especially at weekends.
You must wait a while, okay a very long time, while the medics follow the various protocols in place.
Patient, carers and family get to sit back and watch that protocol ball ping around the numerous pin ball machines of the various branches of our health system. Meanwhile the patient continues to linger in mental anguish.
Eventually that protocol ball comes full circle. A day or two has elapsed, the patient is still howling or mumbling in mental anguish and medically things may have changed.
Now, and only now, do you get to go howling in pain to the A& E Department of your nearest hospital. When you arrive there you may have to queue for a bit, well maybe a while. Okay, maybe a very long time. You will be seen, you may or may not receive pain relief and your broken mind may have to wait a long time before it can be mended.
You may have to spend some time in the acute hospital, being treated for a medical condition which has psychiatric undertones.
You may even have to repeat the steps above a few times before you finally get to attend the correct health facility.
Or to get them to finally visit you.
Whatever their protocol dictates.
Then, and only then, may you receive appropriate pain medication and your broken mind may finally begin to heal.
I'll take broken bones.
Any day of the week.
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