Quiet Rooms…

Today’s post is part of the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. Each day of April (except Sunday,) we write a post corresponding with that day’s letter of the alphabet. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com

a-z 2015 Q

My theme for this years’ A-Z Challenge is An Intimate Look at the Homeless and Mental Health Epidemic in America which just happens to be the subtitle of my next book, The Stranger in My Recliner. The book is the true story of Sophie.  She was the eighty-year-old homeless woman that my husband brought home one night. She lived with us for nearly three –years. The book will be out this fall.

QUIET ROOM

I once told Sophie I just wanted to go up into my quiet room and relax. She told me she hated quiet rooms. Knowing the answer would probably rip my heart out I asked, “why?”

“When that girl beat me up and took all my Elvis collectibles, I asked the manager of the storage place to call the police. She called the police and they took me to the hospital. The officer and the hospital staff did not believe I was beat up because the woman at the storage place told them I was nuts. The cop wouldn’t let me take my stuff.  My grocery bags had everything I owned in them.

Because I was screaming and in pain the nurse in the emergency room sent me to the mental health ward. I kept telling them I was hurt. They put me in a straightjacket and put me in the quiet room. They told me someone would let me out soon. I was in there for twenty-four hours. I peed all over myself and couldn’t talk or see from crying so much. I was more terrified than I was of the junkies in the woods.

My back and my arm hurt so badly.

The next day they told me I could go. I walked out of the hospital wearing wet clothes and it was so cold. I walked to McDonalds to get a burger and some water and went back to the woods.”

The time patients are kept in ‘the quiet room’ or ‘the padded cell’ varies but it could be several days. This is still a common occurrence in America.

WTH

Thank you for reading,

Doreen

I’m one of Lisa’s Live Wires! Lisa is a challenge co-host Lisa Buie-Collard

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My fellow live wires:

Rhonda Albom –   Bob R. Milne –   Tamera Narayan –  Stephanie Faris –   Heather McCubbin –   Randi Lee

 

6 Responses to “Quiet Rooms…”

  • Sad, and even sadder it doesn’t surprise me. What is also troubling is…I worked in the medical field for some 22 years, part of the time at a local hospital and part of that time worked on the psych unit. We never called anything the quiet room. We had padded rooms, all with monitors that were watched 24 x 7, typically used after someone had a shock treatment, that thankfully isn’t as common nowdays. But, I do know people abuse homeless all the time, and to take one womans word vs actually investigating and talking to Sophia…or anyone in her situation is wrong and very disturbing. But, because all homeless are viewed as criminals and a bother to most officials…it happens.

    • In several hospitals in Pa. they call the padded ‘cell’s the quiet room. I hate how they assume because you are homeless and upset that you are mentally ill.

  • That is unconscionable. How could they be so cruel? What’s wrong with people!

  • What an awful story. It’s so sad that people take advantage. And just because someone is called nuts doesn’t mean that they weren’t hurt. Yikes.

  • OMG. This was painful to read and so very sad. I hate knowing stuff like this is still happening in this day and age… Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

  • I thought the mental institution/torture rooms had been better monitored. Poor poor woman.

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