Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Roommate Roulette

My poor mother-in-law. If having to undergo surgery again on Friday evening to place a shunt and drain liquid collecting on her brain wasn't bad enough...mom just can't seem to win in the hospital roommate department.

When she moved from her private ICU room to the quad ICU step-down unit during her first hospital stay she ended up with "repeat Chris" for a roomie. Now, although you come to appreciate a head injury patient repeating random heard words ten times in row, it can be a slight bit annoying. Of course demanding Louise at the acute rehab was a welcomed good-bye. This time, this time mom got a doozy in the ICU step-down. An El Forastero motorcycle gang member.

Now the El Forasteroes will label themselves as a "motorcycle club" but the rest of the world would call them a gang. Motorcycle dude had a motorcycle accident, as the nurse often reminds him and since this group of cyclers are known for wearing skull caps one can only imagine the head injury the dude suffered was caused from poor head protection. It must be some kind of roommate because Uncle Dan informed me that mom was asking for two beers...my sister-in-law told her she has never drank beer in all the time she has known her. Motorcycle dude is driving my mother-in-law to drink (or want too). If it isn't bad enough that everything the dude says is preceded with an F-bomb (where are my f-ing boots,, my f-ing nose itches....) tonight he asked King Ralph's 12-year old niece for a pocket knife and screw driver. Hmmmm, mom it might be time to start sleeping with one eye open. Good thing dude is strapped down.

Reflecting now, Louise is looking like a treat after all.

6 comments:

Lin said...

She's in with a DUDE?! What??! Can she ask for a room change? That just sounds like a nightmare. Poor Mom--I'll say a effing prayer. ;)

JODI said...

Lin- It wasn't just one dude, it was three dudes in that quad ICU step-down unit. I just shared the worst of the three...who got more crude yesterday and thankfully my MIL was moved to the acute rehab at the hospital across the street from me. None of us liked her in there with all those dudes. Physically my MIL is in good shape but her memory has been compromised.

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