I tell you, sometimes I feel like I'm the one on trial here...
in point, the other day I was reading through yet another doctor's
deposition, and near the end, the attorney for The Hospital asks the doc
to turn to page such-and-such in his medical records. And there, on
that page, the attorney points out that under "hand dominance" someone
has circled "both". And, because this form was filled out in 2013, the
attorney then tries to make the case that Bob is now using both his hands and so therefore is no longer paralyzed!
And I'm reading this, thinking, huh? Whose the idiot who filled out that form? Because, truth be told, Bob has never recovered any voluntary movement in his right arm/hand...
So I contact our attorney and ask if I can see those medical records in question, and they send them to me.
Then I find the page in question and immediately recognize the handwriting -- because GA! it's mine!
It's one of those pre-admission forms, you know the forms you fill out in the waiting room before you see a doctor, asking about Medical History, etc., and that particular section in which I circled "both" was entitled "Social History" and I emphasize that this is history, and because Bob was one time right-handed and now left-handed, I circled "both", because, indeed, that's his social history.
I tell you, I will never look at another
medical form again the same way. In fact, Medicare just sent Bob some
kind of survey to fill out, and I started to fill it out then I
remembered the "hand dominance" fiasco and I promptly threw the survey
away. I mean, one small mistake, or one thing they can take out of
context, and The Hospital will jump on it like a free breakfast buffet.
Who'd ever thought it would come to this? I find it all incredibly absurd...
I also just found out that our July court date is scheduled for two full weeks. Two weeks! And what am I supposed to do with Bob during all that time?