Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday, "H" Is for Hospital, November 11, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday, "H" Is for Hospital, November 11, 2010

"H" is for hospital,
I hate going there,
Even when given,
The very best care!

They give you a gown,
That never stays tied,
And gapes open often,
To expose your backside.

Early each morning,
You suffer great pain,
When the lab tech arrives,
And misses your vein.

It's almost impossible,
To get any rest,
You're constantly bothered,
For some kind of test.

I'm the grouchiest patient,
With the surliest mood,
When I get these infusions,
Instead of real food.

To tell you the truth,
There isn't much worse,
Than being a patient,
When you're also a nurse!!

It really is scary,
To be feeling so sick,
And the road to recovery,
Isn't so quick.

And if that's not enough,
When you're given your bill,
You'll suffer a relapse,
And really feel ill.

Carmen Henesy
Copyright (c)  Carmen Henesy
November 10, 2010
All rights reserved

I am participating in Jenny Matlock's
Check it out and join in the fun.
This poem is written in jest, of course.  As a health care professional myself for nearly
half a century now, I applaud the quality hospitals with which I have been affiliated and
am honored to be in the ranks of so many fine physicians, nurses, nursing assistants,
and other staff, clinical and ancillary, that are essential to providing quality patient care
in our health care facilities.  Twice now, in less than six months, I have experienced
being a patient, both times at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, California.  I was
just discharged Tuesday after after a weekend stay on the 10th floor,  I could not
have had better care from all involved in caring for me.  I want to take this opportunity
to express my gratitude, first of all, to my primary care physician, Dr. Alice Yan, who has
looked after me so well now for a number of years, to Dr. John Lai, and Dr. Chin.
Thank you to EVERYONE who was part of my care at Seton, from the ER staff, to the
admitting personnel, to the absolutely outstanding nursing staff, to all the nursing
assistants, dietary personnel, housekeeping staff, chaplains and to anyone else I may
have forgotten to mention.  I hope I do not ever have to return as an inpatient but, if I
do, I feel certain of the same excellent care.  God bless all of you.


  1. Loved the poeme ! I can't complain about medical care in Belgium either. The one and only time I was hospitalized everybody was extremely friendly.

  2. Your poem is a hoot, Carmen, and mirrored so much of my own experience, especially that 5 a.m. wake-up call for a needle stick and blood draw. Those gowns! I resorted to wearing my sweats during the day, and no fired me!

  3. Cute poem. I am a nurse too...and I am a bit scared to be a patient. Glad you got such great care!

  4. Just be glad the gown ties at the back, okay?

  5. Very cute and funny poem. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Glad you had such excellent care! Loved the poem!

  7. I am your newest follower from Jenny Matlock. My middle name is Helper. Please follow me as well. Thank you.

    The Disconnected Writer

  8. Hi Carmen -- glad to see you've got your poetry back! That's the best sign of all. Also glad you got such good care. Here's hoping you don't have to go back as an inpatient again.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  9. Love the poem. Love the pictures that go with it.

    Hope you are feeling much better and can avoid the hospital for awhile.


  10. Anonymous9:37 AM

    After spending 47 days in a hospital I can say that your poem is right on!!!
    The first 10 days I was in a coma, but after that I think I knew some of what was going on :D


  11. oh how different must it be- seen from each perspective... so true for the patient, especially.... you've made it funny with those pics. but so real as life itself... I am sure you were one nurse to be loved and awaited every morning...

    Warm hugs my dear!

  12. H For Hour
    H For HEalth
    H for happy
    H for Haste

    nice poem after hospital visit

  13. Carmen, your poem is so clever, and I love the pictures! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

  14. chuckles...and cringes...i dont mind visiting but being in is no fun for me...glad you are home and hope your recovery goes well...

  15. Carmen I am happy to hear you are better and now home from the hospital! Your poem is adorable! The few times I've bene a patient I was very nervous and alert as after being a nurse so many years I know how many things can go wrong It was a relief when all went well.
    Stay well! Thansk for all your sweet comments!

    Hugs, Pat

  16. It's good to see you're into blogging action already. Do take care now.

    Your poem has little fragments of truth in the humour. Well, large fragments really. Those gowns!:)

  17. Carmen- I am so glad to see you back, and feeling better. That was scary!

  18. My mum is a nurse and therefor (at one and the same time) a difficult patient and an appreciative patient!

  19. The characters are lovely. . .

    The health is the most important in the life.
    Cheerful San Francisco will treat you.
    It is the splendid medicine.
    Take care of yourself. . .

    Thank you.

  20. So sorry that you've had to go into hospital so unexpectedly. That must be difficult if you *know* too much about the ins and outs of the illness & teatment because you were once in that profession yourself.
    I do hope you are now completely well.
    Loved the little illustrations and your poem. Of course it came from the heart, didn't it?
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  21. Great poem Carmen, just about sums it up. I hope you are OK now. Take care of yourself.

  22. so sorry to hear that you have not been well. I saw a comment you left on another blog and had to come over and wish you a speedy recovery. all the best.

  23. I enjoyed your poem a lot. Do you see my big smile? :-) Sorry to hear though that you were in the hospital, but glad that your stay was a good one. Take care, Carmen.

  24. I'm glad you're home and on the way to recovery! Your poem is fun, and true to how I feel about hospital!

  25. Welcome home! I had a recent hospital stay and while I can chuckle along with your poem, and like you I also respect and appreciate all that was done for me at the hospital. Now I'm recuperating at a friend's house and am full of gratitude for all the wonderful friends who are helping me heal!

  26. Glad you are back. :)
    Loved reading your poem written in jest.

  27. Yeah, totally with you on hospitals.

  28. Your poem is too cute. I am glad you are well and do not need the hospital anymore.

  29. It's good to know that you are home again Carmen and feeling well enough to write again. One thing is for haven't lost your sense of humor.

  30. Keep well!!! I'm not fond of hospitals...but sending you some big HUGS!!!
    Happy Belated H Day!!!

  31. Carmen, I'm so sorry to hear you were in the hospital. It does seem like hospital care has improved greatly...I feel like they are trying to 'earn' our loyalty and 'business' more than they ever have!

    This was a great poem...but the rear hanging out part seems to have gotten better a bit. Or maybe they just have plus sizes available for us ummm.... larger women!

    Thanks for linking. I'm sending you a little prayer of healing!


  32. Wow! Great poem!!! Though do hope you dont have to go to hospital too often.. :-(

    Visiting via Alphabet Thursday


  33. cute cute poem ... so sorry to hear that you have had to be there ... and i hope your are well!