Last Friday, we got a call from the Big Box pharmacy stating that mom had a prescription ready for pick up. It was not our regular pharmacy, but they called us, and it is not the first time one locale was out and they sent us to another one nearby where the med was available. The missus was going to be in the area on Sunday (yesterday), so she could pick it up and bring it home with her.
Now, since mom is getting into years and her speed is not the usual, I am the one overseeing her medical stuff, taking her to doctors and making sure she is taking her meds. All that means I know all her doctors and her medications and when I checked this latest batch of pills, I did not recognize either the medication (BP pills) nor the doctor. Something was not kosher here.
I located this doctor’s address and phone number and indeed, we have never been to it. I called the office just a few minutes ago and had a chat with the assistant indicating that my mother got a prescription from the doctor and she is not a patient. It went something like this.
Asst: “She is our patient.”
Me: “No she is not. Maybe you have somebody else with that name, but not my mom.”
Asst: “Of course she is. She was here last week.”
Me: “No she wasn’t. Is your patient 86 years old?
Asst: “Huh? 86?”
Me: “Yes. Is your patient born on (DOB given)?”
Asst: <keyboard sounds> “And her address?”
Me: <Give our address>
Asst: “And the phone number?”
Me: <recite phone number>
Asst: “No, it is not the same patient.”
Me: “I know. That is why I am calling and figure out what went wrong.”
Asst: <coping attitude> Well, it is not our fault. It is the pharmacy’s.
Me: “I don’t care. I will be going to the pharmacy to return the meds anyway. But you are forgetting something.”
Asst: <Attitude level increases> What?
Me: “You have a patient who did not get her prescription. You should be worried about her.”
Asst: “Oh!” <All 4 lumens of the lightbulb finally light up>
John Hopkins Medicine is suggesting after studies were made, that we are suffering a quarter of million deaths every year due to medical errors, just under Heart Diseases and Cancer and above respiratory illnesses. According to the FBI, in 2016 the murder/manslaughter total was 11,004. Basically Medical Personnel are killing Americans 22.7 times higher than criminals, but the Left and the Democrats demand that Gun Owners should be arrested, its property confiscated, sent to re-education camps or killed outright. And mind you, we had nothing to do with those killed by firearms, we were just minding our own regular business. Doctors, nurses and the rest are directly causing damage to their patients.
Maybe it is a political variation of a quote attributed to Stalin: A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.