The Hospital: Day Three

Wednesday, June 30

I called this day the breakthrough day.

In the morning, I talked to the 4:30 a.m. nurses. One was very nice. I gave him Daniel’s phone number and asked him to call to tell him I was ok and let him know my bed number. I tried to make friends and get the word out to as many people as possible.

I was able to have a video call with Daniel in the afternoon. The hospital has a computer tablet to do this! (Question: Why was I not offered this before?) I relayed to him that I wanted to go to CIMA. I tell him that the care here is terrible. I tried to hint to him that other things were going on by speaking in code because the nurses were listening carefully. I mention the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

I spoke to Dr. Rico (sp? ENG), who came into the salon, and I discussed the problem with Zappo. I told her I could not sleep until late because of Zappo talking and the TV. I asked her how a man who did not appear to be sick could be in this room, walking around. Dr. Rico seemed scared and nervous throughout the whole conversation. She kept looking towards the door and began picking at her latex glove until she tore a hole in it. A piece of blue latex snapped off, and I felt a drop of her sweat land on my face. She seemed unaware of doing it. I began to sense that there might be even more problems than just weird patients who talked all day and night and chimes from monitors. Here was a doctor that was clearly under some strain.

This day was also the day I became aware of a particular phenomenon. I would hear people talking in English or Spanish, and they would be saying impossible things. If I said anything about it to them, they would deny it. These were auditory hallucinations that seemed entirely real but improbable because people were saying things they could not possibly know. In addition, the things they said were childish and mean. It was like listening to little children taunting someone – in this case – me. For example, I overheard Zappo telling Rosita that she should not let me use her phone because she might get in trouble. On this day, Zappo was acting manic; he talked nonstop the whole day and into the evening

In the evening, I thought of others in the past and present that were in similar situations; cut off from friends and family, imprisoned, and possibly tortured. I thought of Julian Assange. I thought of Nelson Mandela. I thought of Sitting Bull. I decided I needed to be more on the offensive and protect myself. They said I could not have anything from outside the hospital, so I took the paper masks they gave us daily and began making something to help me keep track of the time and events. I used memory knots. They would not let me have a pen or paper, so I got creative. I tied this to my arm so I would not lose it.

I overheard Aglia talking about me badly at night before she went to sleep. It was strange; she was lying in bed talking on her phone; I could see the glow of her phone on her face as she was facing my direction, saying things like, ¨Who does this, Renee think she is, buying a house, having chickens? ¨ENG. I told her to shut up and go to sleep. How did she know I was buying a house? I might have mentioned that I had chickens, but why did she seem to be taunting me?

That night, I had decided not to take Florodon (sp?) medicine.

It is not listed on the drugs I was given. I read the back of the blister pack and heard the nurses say the name. I realized that Florodon was the medication that put me to sleep and made me ¨glitch¨ into the program. I spit the pill out into my cup of water when the nurse was not looking. In addition, to combat the drowsiness and the sweating, I realized that if I took a piece of paper towel dipped in my cup of water and dabbed it on my forehead and face, I felt cooler and more awake. I stayed up all night without taking the drug and witnessed what happened when everyone went to sleep.

This was the breakthrough, I now had a better idea of what I was in the middle of, and I realized I had to get out.

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6/30/21, 7:13 a.m. – Maria: Good morning, I’m ready for the video call you’re going to make to us. You are already well, please. Your phone is always at your side. Take care I love you. Let’s move on, all this will pass.

6/30/21, 7:18 a.m. – D: Good morning Maria, Yes, I am ready for the video call. I am waiting at the phone for the call. I hope we get answers to all of our questions.

6/30/21, 7:19 a.m. – Maria: Yes, all the best for Renee, let’s try to see if we can pass her on to CIMA.

6/30/21, 7:21 a.m. – D: I agree

6/30/21, 7:55 a.m. – Maria: #XXXXXXX you call and say you are waiting for the video call. First you say good morning very kind, it’s a technique. Put a message for your mom to let her take the medications and that she has covid on Rosita’s phone, put it first for Renee. Ok

6/30/21, 7:56 a.m. – Maria: For bed 96.

6/30/21, 8:00 a.m. – D: Hi Maria, is this the phone number for the video call? I am confused by what you ask me.

6/30/21, 8:03 a.m. – Maria: This # is from the cubicle where your mom is and you can say that you are ready to receive the video call from the bed patient 96.

6/30/21, 8:05 a.m. – Maria: Renee’s neighbor’s phone called Rosita is #XXXXXXX to leave a message for your mother in English ok

6/30/21, 8:07 a.m. – D: ok, I understand. I’ll call now thanks.

6/30/21, 8:11 AM – Maria: 👍🏽😉 ♥ ️

6/30/21, 8:12 a.m. – Maria: Leave a message to Renee on Rosita’s phone.

6/30/21, 8:13 a.m. – D: I left the message with Rosita. I’m not sure when the video call will be, she didn’t say. So now we wait.

6/30/21, 8:16 a.m. – Maria: The message is for Renee written on Rosita’s phone, she is Renee’s companion at the hospital, tell her in the message that she has covid and let her put the medicines, what she wants, doubts, tell me.

6/30/21, 8:19 a.m. – D: Is Rosita Renee’s nurse at the hospital or is Rosita a patient at the hospital?

6/30/21, 8:19 a.m. – Maria: IS A patient of the .

6/30/21, 8:20 a.m. – Maria: Hospital and lends her the phone. To your mom.

6/30/21, 8:23 a.m. – D: ok, I understand

6/30/21, 8:27 a.m. – Maria: Daniel, very good news, Renee lets herself be on her medications and eats everything, we’re going very well.😁😉😘 ♥ ️👍🏽

6/30/21, 8:29 a.m. – D: Sounds great Maria 👍🏼🙏🏽

6/30/21, 8:38 a.m. – Maria: If that’s what we needed.

6/30/21, 10:25 a.m. – Maria: Hi Daniel. Dr. Rico and Dr. Leonardo came to your mother and she called me. Your mother raised the saturation to 90% because she did not allow medications but she is already leaving it and she is very sure that it will improve. They do not allow a cell phone. Communication is through Rosita’s phone. I already gave you the phone.


6/30/21, 10:28 a.m. – D: I understand

6/30/21, 10:33 a.m. – Maria: Please answer

6/30/21, 10:34 a.m. – Maria: The video call is here, I answered

6/30/21, 10:34 a.m. – Maria: Missed video call

6/30/21, 10:59 a.m. – Maria: Daniel at this moment she cannot be transferred to Cima because his saturation is 90% and it is very dangerous for her. We must wait for later.

6/30/21, 11:00 a.m. – D: ok thanks Maria

6/30/21, 12:03 p.m. – Maria: Hi Daniel, another good news, Dr. Leonardo is a friend of Carlos and mine. He is treating your mother and he called me now to inform me that she has not deteriorated or worsened. Her condition is moderate to severe. Risk factor obesity He speaks English and is talking to her right now to reassure her. He suggests not transferring to Cima because it is a high risk

6/30/21, 12:04 p.m. – Maria: But we have a friend with your mom who is Dr. Leonardo.

6/30/21, 12:06 p.m. – D: Ok, this is good news thanks Maria.

6/30/21, 12:08 p.m. – Maria: Dr LEONARDO’s phone #XXXXXXX You can call him now and he speaks English

6/30/21, 12:10 p.m. – D: Thank you very much Maria

6/30/21, 2:51 p.m. – Maria: Were you able to speak with Dr?

6/30/21, 2:56 p.m. – D: Yes, I spoke with the doctor. My mother will stay in The Hospital for treatment.

Daniel’s notes: Hospital arranges video calls through hospital social worker. Mom seems ok, She complains about the quality of care. She wants transfer to CIMA. I work with lawyer to see what is possible. We decide no transfer due to Mom’s state and risk of moving. I speak with doctors for first time in English. They explain treatment options. I express No Intubation at all.

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6/30/21, 10:52 a.m. – D: Good morning SB, I was hoping to provide an update to you on my mothers situation. When is a good time to talk today?

6/30/21, 11:00 a.m. – Lawyer SB: Hi Daniel!, I am on a call right now, can I call you in about an hour?

6/30/21, 11:00 a.m. – D: Yes, that is great SB Thank you.

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