Cautionary tale of a hospital stay

trekkerJune 11, 2007

Three weeks ago our son, who lives some distance from us, was diagnosed with an appendicitis. He drove himself to the hospital, checked in, surrendered his wallet and other effects to be stored safely away while he had his surgery. His girlfriend came to the hospital after he arrived and notified us once he was in recovery. He was released the next day, could drive a day after that and recovered easily.

Last week, while checking his credit card charges online, he saw one he didn't recognize. It was a charge at a gas station he has never used, located across the street from the hospital, dated while he was in the hospital.

His wallet with contents were returned intact. Fortunately, he did not have his Social Security card in the wallet.

He has filed a police report and complained to the hospital.

A nurse remarked to me that this explains why you should always have somebody take you to the hospital so that that you never have to leave valuables, including wallet, jewelry and other items, in the possession of the hospital.

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Pathetic that people in a hospital of all places take advantage of the situation to steal, but that type of thievery is not new.

In 1967, my Mother lay on her death bed and Dr. assigned a nurse to monitor her B/P every 5 minutes. When my Sis & I walked back into the room after speaking with Dr. we found the nurse taking a $20. bill from my Mom's purse! I screamed "THIEF" as she fled down the hall. Doctor, still at nurses station, went with me to Administrator and waited as she was found so we could witness her firing.

I hope hell is a little hotter for such people. Suzi

    Bookmark   June 12, 2007 at 8:55AM
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no its not new but so terrible, to be taken advange of when you are in such a vulnerable state is just unreal, I doult the hospital will have trouble finding who done this to your son! they know who works where and what shifts, hope your son doesnt let them get away with it, any of us could be next!
grittymitts what a auful thing to have happen to you and while your mother was dieing! I am with you I hope there is a special place in hell for people like that!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2007 at 10:03AM
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About 20 years ago, my aunt's purse was stolen while she was at the hospital visiting her husband (my uncle), who was dying. However, the case of my son is even more distrubing because the hospital had the wallet specifically to keep it safe and there seems little doubt that an employee must be the thief.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2007 at 11:18AM
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That's pretty low behavior, like kicking people when they are down.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2007 at 4:04PM
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Why don't they offer little lockers - DOH!? Stupid, careless hospitals. (Ooops, don't get me started!)

    Bookmark   June 13, 2007 at 5:34PM
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My dying father in law had his retirement watch stolen from his wrist. I had clothing, personal toiletries, shoes - taken from the closet of a private room. I had to ask my family to bring me something to wear home. Nothing was ever done, of course.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 2:09PM
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This is an old thread, I know. In the mid '90's my MIL had some heart problem mid of night. Hubby & I were awaken by FIL, and 911 was called. First to arrive were Fire Dept. One of first things they asked was what type of meds she was on & they requested the RX bottle of pills. The RX was obtained & handed over to another fireman who took info.

After overnight stay in hospital & release, MIL requested her heart pills, and they were nowhere to be found at home. Several phone calls later they 'located' her expensive RX. One of the firemen 'placed' the RX in his pocket. It was eventually 'returned'.

One has to WATCH their personal possessions!

I never forgot that episode. I had major panic attack at work in late '80's, 911 called, & room quickly filled with firemen, paramedics, etc. First thing they wanted was my purse! Even tho I was having some weird thing going on that I didn't know what it was...and even tho I could not raise my head off desk or even talk, I held tightly % refused to surrender my purse - as I remembered the fireman who 'walked-off' with MIL's pills. I did not have anything to hide except my personal info...CC's, drivers' license, etc. Strapped inside ambulance, they pulled over to draw blood. I don't know, but I think they actually were looking for signs of illegal drugs/abuse, &, perhaps the fact I would not surrender my purse made it look like I had something to hide. (I didn't have anything to hide, except my personal info)
So, it is always prudent to keep your posessions out of the way of the pros, altho, I DO understand that in an emergency situation, this can be hard to do - especially when life threatening/feelings are of utmost importance.
One would think that the 'pros' are trustworthy - which most probably are - but underestimating can be painful.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2007 at 2:01AM
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