First off...thanks all for not going into the whole mental healthcare issue. Gonna answer you all one by one. I also thank you for realizing I am not
looking for sympathy. Heck I am doing a lot but maybe there is more?
Ok here we go
a reply to: swanne
I do 100% agree. I think there should be as much as we can offer to the point where homelessness does not exist. The problem is, while I love my
county, it's garbage for resources. We have two homeless shelters and they are only for men. The nearest women' shelter is approximately 50 miles
away unless you are a woman with a child in which case there are approximately 30 beds throughout the one church. Anyway, point is while I agree,
there is a fundamental problem, which is space. Apparently we are very interested in funding the college but just toss a few dimes at a shelter.
Shelter A has 50 total beds AND you are absolutely not allowed if you have a misdemeanor or felony no matter how long ago it was. Shelter B i a bit
more generous and has about 80 beds which expands to 90 in winter. So all told about 140 beds. We do have warming shelters but they are only
accessible at night and you have to check in by 7pm which means in some legit homeless individual finds himself frozen, he is out of luck as that door
shuts at 7:00. So what to do I guess. Like I said I feel 100% as you do on this but sadly in this area the reality is so far away.
a reply to: [post]gortex[/post]
Absolutely agree. I hate doing the whole see above...but in this case it sadly applies
a reply to: [post]theabsolutetruth[/post]
I would love seeing some methods of prevention of the problem. That to me would be the ultimate goal. And burn out for the ER is where I am at. I have
a long weekend before I start my new position which I am delighted about but this was the time for me to be done after three years in the ER. Now that
is interesting. I won't specifically state that I know everyone's story but I always found it interesting on the days I'd drive from one ER to the
other for a new call and saw one of my "super-users" ((that is was our Public Aid system calls them)) on a corner in what "seemed" to be selling.
Obviously I say seemed because unless I am right there I am not interested in making false accusations. But at some point, each of them, especially my
really frequent flyers would come in and just say "I'm suicidal" then lay down and TV would go on. So who knows. Thanks for the response
a reply to: [post]Meldionne1[/post]
Well this is my point. It gets to where I am like "really....again." Both ER's have a computer patient board which only ha initials, gender, and
age. I can walk into both, and spot them in two seconds. So that was my point. By now, can I not feel bad and still be a good person?
a reply to: [post] gosseyn[/post]
I would love to see us get to that point. Unfortunately I am here and here are some messed up obligations.
a reply to: [post] noeltrotsky[/post]
Oh no no no…ALL 5 of them, and the others tell me every time they WANT to be on the psych floor. That’s the point. It’s a place to stay, with a
roof, and a guarantee they can’t be kicked out ASAP. For example my personal hospital has 14 rooms with 2 beds each and 1 for quarantine should
someone come in psych but also have a contagion that isn’t deadly such as Ebola. But those room dwindle super fast because they fill quickly and
they will become single rooms immediately if a person I severe enough and cannot have a roommate. So I prefer to save my psych floor for people who
are legitimately ill. But yes unfortunately they cannot be turned away unless they get repeatedly violent.
a reply to: [post]Calalini[/post]
Well I am not here to judge others as my job is to heal without prejudice. I have indeed assessed and interviewed several members in transport to
federal lock up for child crimes. So judging? No…but then in the situations I am speaking of, I am talking about homeless men who are faking being
suicidal, not trafficker and rapists.
a reply to: [post]Sparkymedic[/post]
I’d love to read the blog, but sadly in the country we are in, despite my wishes for simplicity and removal of money, does not exist and thus none
of these men can walk to our local apartments and just crash there.
a reply to: [post]Expat888[/post]
Yes…we will lose some won’t we? I haven’t given up fortunately, but I mut ay my venue change is sorely needed. Also, on a lighter note, I now
have bankers hours starting next week…so there’s that!
a reply to: [post]CranialSponge[/post]
I agree that society sometimes shows its ugly side, and I won’t comment on that specific quote, but really, there does seem to be some who would
just a soon piss on the availabilities I make to them. Look don’t get me wrong. I, nor any of the people who do my job, are really heroes…not by a
long shot. In fact I have my own thoughts on what a hero is…the point is I don’t hold myself to some plateau. All I am aiming for is helping
others. And many day I do get a good soul, like tonight, who is legit ill and I do my work and move on. All I am saying is, at what point for these
cases, if ever, do I stop and realize the system is getting used? I don’t take it personally by any means, but a bed to a guy who is staying for a
day just to get arrested for battery versus a bed for a guy who wants to start job processing…who gets it?
a reply to: [post]Klassified[/post]
We do see a couple who will disappear and assume that they went to the next city. Thanks for the comment