Since the self-isolated quarantine has been imposed, most of us have had to stay and work from home. Some of us are lucky enough that we have jobs that allow us to do that, remaining on the payroll and such. But sometimes we have to actually go outside, such as the case with me last week. I had a mammogram scheduled back in January and then the diagnostics place called to reschedule for mid-March. Then they called me the week before last to reschedule me for last week on Weds. I understood the reason for them rescheduling my appointment, because of the current social and pandemic situation that they are scheduling patients to comply with social distancing purposes.
Thankfully this diagnostics/imaging place is only four blocks from my house, and I was asked to be there by 7:30 am. When I arrived they did have protocols in place to keep only a certain amount of people in the waiting room at a time. But, not everyone paid attention (Cheesus Crust this was annoying as phuck!) I arrived early, and as soon as I did, I saw a huge 5’x 5’ sign stating to wait by the door for the medical screener to ask you the appropriate questions and take your temperature.
It also states that if there are more than two people in line to keep 6 feet away from each other, there was even bright florescent yellow tape on the concrete sidewalk outside, six feet apart indicating as such. Since I was the very first one there, I had no problem as I was alone in the waiting room. They had positioned chairs in front of the intake desk to keep the mandated six feet apart from patients and the medical staff.
The screener asked me all the questions pertaining to the COVID19, and then swiped my forehead with a temperature scanner. Soon after the girl at the front desk called me forward, as the medical screener gave me the okay to proceed. She asked me for my paperwork, insurance card (which were placed inside a clear tray ) and gave me a clipboard of papers I needed to sign. She gave me back my stuff, and I found a chair where I sat and then watched in horror at the following….
Slowly other people began to file in, and then it happened……the Walking Senile started to take over and ignore the GIANT sign to wait and get screened!! These were all people over the age of 75, yes I can tell how old they were, the men by their pasty white legs, lose fitting shorts or pants up to their chest, white tube socks to their knees. And the women wearing polyester pants and Dr. Scholl’s orthotic shoes, sporting ten year old boy haircuts. They all ignored the explicit instructions in giant red letters, ignored the medical screener sitting right AT the door and then when told to go back to the door, where the screener was at, either couldn’t fucking hear what the staff was saying or asked like idiots “Why?”
A lady walked in with her daughter, past the screener right up to the front desk, MOVED the chairs and right up to the nurse conducting intake of patients. The nurse, who was clearly upset, told the old broad to go back to the door, get screened and wait to be called and leave the chairs in place like they were. The dumb ass bitch said “But why?!” extremely loud as so everyone heard. Just because you can’t hear doesn’t mean you have to yell out everything because you think everyone else can’t hear either….LORT!
The screener walked towards this Showtime Crypt Keeper looking bitch and then asked her if the other lady with her was her daughter.
The Crypt Keeper said that it was her daughter, then the nurse behind the intake counter told her that only patients to be seen could be in the waiting room. Again the fucking Crypt Keeper said in Spanish “But why? She’s my daughter.” I was just about to lose it when low and behold……yet another old ass motherfucker came walking in, past the giant sign, the screener and right up to the intake counter, moved two of the chairs and began to talk. By this time I could see the staff was getting more and more impatient and flustered with the people (old ass motherfuckers) walking in and ignoring instructions.
A male nurse came out from the back, walked up to the intake counter, asked the old fart if he was there to get some imaging and all I could hear was “Huh? What?!?” Oh gawd, I wanted to fucking scream. The male nurse asked him again, and the grumpy old man was like “Oh yeah, here’s my paperwork” and the nurse walked him back to the screener at the door. He yelled out “Where are you taking me?!?!” The nurse said he had to be screened before he could enter the waiting room and the old fart yelled “Huh? What? Why?!?!”
Clearly the asshole old fart needs hearing aids, but we all could hear him keep asking why he needed to be screened. Then after he was screened went right back to the intake counter and MOVED THE FUCKING CHAIRS AGAIN!!!!! The nurse behind the counter told him not to move the chairs (again) and he moved the damned chairs to get closer to the counter to hear the nurse who was telling him not to move the chairs!!!!!
I thought to myself, we’re in serious trouble if we have old people like this walking around contaminating us all. None of them were wearing masks, touching everything in sight, and being as annoying as fuck in the process. I include my parents in this because I’ve told them over and over that they aren’t to leave the house, under any circumstances. And what do I find out? They leave to the store or the post office when my brother leaves for work.
I was, to say the least, furious, and their response? “Oh it’s just to the store in our neighborhood or the post office” and I literally screamed at them that I was taking both their car keys with me (yes they both still drive.) And I did, knowing that both my parents can’t walk farther than a few feet without both of them sounding like Darth Vader having an asthma attack, I saw it as the only option.
Yes they were angry but I don’t give a fuck, if their generation is any indication that following protocols isn’t they’re forte, then we’re all going to die from COVID19!
Yes I know I sound like I’m old people bashing but they have been the group that either aren’t listening to all of the health mandates or don’t really care about them because their old goddammit and……….. “If I lived through small pox, I can live through this Crownvirus!’ Yes that was an actual quote from the Old Man from the UP movie
looking asshole who was standing in front of me while I was waiting to be taken back to the mammogram machine of boob torture. (The fucker did say crownvirus not coronavirus)
I told my good friend Deb (Aunt Debbie to the blogosphere) that I wasn’t sure what was more painful, the actual mammogram itself, literally having my poor boobs pressed in between two plates of glass for five seconds at a time (in different positions may I add) or having to deal with the Walking Senile/Stupid/Stubborn in the waiting room. Seriously, it’s a tossup here.
Random Thought of The Day
As grumpy, angry, or in total disbelief as I may seem at times (okay all the time) I have not lost all faith in humanity. Yes, I know it’s hard for people to believe that I actually said that. But the truth is, we, the human race are survivalists. History has shown how resilient we are, that every time we’ve been knocked down (usually be the stupid people in humanity) we’ve gotten right back up again to continue.
The video itself is a bit corny, four extremely talented singers comprised this group called The Highwaymen (well for those of you who like country music.) The lyrics to the song resonate with me and I know this song may not be about the current situation but it has a much deeper meaning to it if you listen to it.
This is the Huntress, wash your hands, stay safe and for god-sake STAY HOME!!