Saturday, August 18, 2007

Pink, Blue, White, Green and Red

Warning: Language and ranting ahead.

It was a perfectly planned day. Take a half off from work, get kids, take Kate to her hair stylist, run into Michael's right around the corner, grab a sandwich next door, get to the school and pick up Meg's schedule. Got it.
sccccraatchhhhhhhh

I had a granola bar at 11 am, left work at 1 got home and picked up kids. Kate's hair winds up taking 2 hrs and about $80 more than planned, OK, that's not too bad but it's too late to grab a sandwich so off to school we go. WE go in and go to out table. In lieu of Meg's pink class schedule they hand me a white form and a green card and direct us to the cafeteria in which they say Meg has to have her shots to into the 7th grade. OK....

The cafe is packed with about 200 people and many many many screaming running and overly sugared toddlers who are not happy to be there. We are #97, they are calling #36 and it's now 5.

I call dad and ask him to get Kate as we're "going to be here for a while". The asst principal ushers in a woman with 5 children right into the shot line, the woman behind me goes ballistic and rightfully so. This yields nothing. Didn't expect it to.

Hallay effin luya at 6:45 they call us and we get in the shot line only 3 ahead of us and moving fast. Our turn! I can almost smell the coffee and feel the luxury that is my chair at home.

The nurse takes my white form and green card and asks, "What kind of insurance? Medicare? FL Kid Care? Medicaid?" I say, "Private insurance" and here's where the whole fucking day went to hell....

She asks me in a loud voice "Do you have any sense of conscience? Do you know you're stealing a shot from a needy child?........My mouth dropped, my eyebrows raised, and I said "heh?" Then I sneered and asked her who the HELL did she think she was speaking to? Those shots were donated by the drug company, 13% of my property taxes paid for these programs which by the way, I've never used, and that she was being paid $40 an hour to be there, like she's doing the community a favor or something. She then raised the forms high in the air and tore them in two and tossed them on the floor. That's when I screamed at her "Shove your shot up your ass, you miserable cunt!" and stomped out of there back to the gymnasium to report to the school. Shotless, no less.

Poor Meg is walking beside me as if she just saw the principal naked and said nothing. Back in gym, there are 5 school counselors left, and everything is packed away. I beseechingly said "Will. Somebody. Please. Talk. To. Me? Please?
A kindly faced woman gently waved us over and I Calmly, yes calmly explained what just happened when she extended her hand to Meg and said "Welcome to the 7th grade Megan, I'm Ms. Soandso and I'm your administrator this year while handing Meg her pink schedule with her other hand. I thanked her and promised to bring the blue form required on Monday ans she assured it was OK. See, they know us well, this is Meg's 2nd year here and Kate already passed through the school.

Meg got her shots from our Dr and is now in compliance. I sure feel sorry for people who don't believe in shots.

And for the record, I have always respected the medical profession, for in lieu of a life, they make good money but have no weekends, no holidays just schedules. Blocks of time they must work. Both my SILs are nurses, 2 cousins are doctors so I know hoe these things work.

I do realize, I started all this but forgetting to have Meg's shots updated, but it's not like we're unhealthy people living in the Everglades or something. But this woman had no right to talk to me like that, call me stupid, lazy, forgetful what ever; just please don't publicly attack my integrity (or back me into a corner in any way) and I'll be sweet as sunshine.

I spent an hour on the phone with the hospital administrator and may even file a complaint with the state licensure board. I will be hearing back from the hospital soon. I can't imaging how this bitch would handle a floor full of sick patients if this is how she represents here hospital in public. At least I lit her up Philly style! I would have hated myself if I didn't.

Poor Meg, as we walked to the car I asked her if she was totally mortified and she responded with "Mom, I can't believe she said that to you". Thank Jeebus she didn't hear the cursing. And now that it's posted, it's ova!

The upside to all this? I finished 2 washcloths while we were there.
Oh, is a knit blog? Sure there's knitting, just not postworth and slightly in stealth mode, but soon to emerge.

27 comments:

Knit and Coffee said...

OMG I know exactly how you feel! No one called me names, but I had some big issues with Alex's school last year. Like that I could rent an apartment for the price of his tuition, but I still have to send approx. $70 of "school supplies" on the first day. UGH. Toilet paper and hand sanitizer are school supplies? What the hell am I paying them for, anyway? When I brought it up, I got a rather harsh lecture about the superiority of a Catholic education and that's what I'm paying for. I didn't bring it up this year.
Your story made me smile and even laugh and I'm feeling SO under the weather today. Thanks for the :D D:D

Michelle said...

Girlfriend you rock! Let me at er, I say Le me at er. Pompous arrogant jackass needs to seek some sanctuary where the sun don't shine. Honey.... they know not what can of worms they opened when they messed my my knomie....knitting homie :)
jeezzz and to think i've been associatin' all this time with a gansta girl who's been rippin the mumps, measles & rubella vaccines outa da mouths of babes! for shame!

NH Knitting Mama said...

Unbelievable. I'm just speechless. I hope you file a complaint.

Hockey Mom said...

OMG! I think I love you. Will you please rub off on me? I'm too "southern" and my hubby is so frustrated with me cuz he thinks I give in too easily.

I kneel before your majesty. That TOTALLY rocks. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall.

Debi said...

Never get mad at me, k? :)

Nora said...

REPORT HER!!!!

The nurses in this country are the same - and because there's a shortage, we're all pandering to them and let them get away with murder. Her job (at US$40/hr) is to give the shot - not her opinion!!!

REPORT HER!

Nora said...

PS: Are you referring to the Rubella shot or just general immunisation? [Sorry, Ms Curious over here.]

Sonya said...

Go, Carol, go, Carol. Glad you gave her hell. She definitely deserved it.

Stitch-n-Snitch said...

Oh.my.gosh! Good for you--I would have been too shocked to say anything to her!!

vagabond bettie said...

you go girl! I'm proud of you!!! As a good friend of mine would say "~snort~"

She sure is strange! said...

I was hoping you'd post this when I saw your comment at Rabbitch's site. WOWZA!!! What a rude thing for her to say! She deserved everything you said back to her and then some. I would report her asap, that is totally uncalled for.

Molly

Lynn said...

Well its good to see that not much has changed in Broward county. Unbelievable!!! Besides, weren't you told to go to the cafeteria? If she has a problem with those with private insurance getting shots at the school, then she needs to address it with her superiors, NOT with the public.

Bezzie said...

Is it just me but if those shots were not supposed to go to people with private insurance don't you think SOMETHING WOULD HAVE BEEN POSTED saying so? That's freaking ganked. And you are my new idol for laying into her. And dropping the "c" word. Hot damn. That's pulling out the big guns!!!!!!

Kim in Oregon said...

I just don't get that at all. Why wouldn't a "I'm sorry for keeping you waiting, but there has been a miscommunication, and we don't provide shots with people with private insurance." Or a sign. Or a slip of paper.

But that woman was totally and imcompletiely out of line to a. speak to you like that and b. speak to you like that in front of your kids.

And I'm in awe (IN AWE) of your ability to actually verbalize the c word. I don't think I ever have. Good for you. And yes, do report her. She should not be allowed to work with awake people.

barbp said...

Philly Style!! OMG...you are priceless!!

So because you have private insurance you are being penalized!! WTF That always kick me in the arse. Because you are responsible to have insurance, again I say WTF.

Bridget said...

So ... I guess you're saying that she upset you, right???

HA! ;-)

Robin said...

Glad you gave her hell!!! I am showing your post to Jim because he has just about had it with rude, ignorant assholes himself and is itching to tell someone off.

Nancy said...

Way to go!!

kaoticorchid said...

You tell it, Sistah! That crazy B*tch clearly did not know who she was talking to!

.: tani :. said...

good for you! i just don't understand why people have to be like that! she really did deserve the tongue-lashing!! go carol!

hillary said...

OMG! You totally rock! I probably would've left in an embarrassed huff. She had no right to speak to you like that.

Jenni said...

wow! You should definately file a formal compliant! Some people!

Roseann said...

I used to think I was the only one to experience situations like that, yours was too much! I like how your turned your "lemons" into "lemonade" by knitting 2 washcloths during this ordeal.

skully said...

Wooooeeeee!

I LOVE CAROL!!!!!

Lorette said...

Yee haaaaaa! Good for you, girl! This may have been the day from hell for you, but your story made me laugh right out loud. The thought of you telling her to shove her shots where the sun doesn't shine is priceless.

Rebekah said...

I hope you do file a Complaint. I'm so tired of people treating others so unkindly, with an air of superiority. I'm usually not one for saying one should cuss anothe person out, typically I think we should try to take the high road, but there are times, when decorum is just not the order of the day.

Carol said...

You know, I work in the healthcare field. It is so frustrating when people that are eligible for state benefits take "more than advantage" of it. With many habitually missed appts. which we cannot charge and the loss of valuable time for others needing to be seen. I once went to a health center in Martin County to vaccinate my children. (My ins. was not accepted in FL) We pay taxes and should be entitled to some services if we need to. That person should be reported. She was completely unprofessional and should be reviewed and notations in her employment history.