Tonight I lost it for a while. There's a relatively new patient -- I think he came in last Wednesday -- and he's a screamer... this evening he was really screaming and it goes on and on and add to that the TVs which blare 24/7 at full volume. I don't need it quiet as a tomb, but I would like a few moments of silence. So combine the screamer who is two doors down with the TVs and my general disposition and I just couldn't stop crying.
Fran called in the middle of my meltdown and I answered it knowing it was Fran, but then I could not talk, just cried. It's not funny, but I appreciated that first she said in the kindest way, "Tell me what happened" and I couldn't and so she said, "you don't have to talk." So finally I regained my composure and filled her in on the screamer.
I think I was at the tipping point because I laid down about 4:15 and fell asleep and had my computer out and so I was awakened about 5 with the aide with dinner and I knew she wouldn't move my computer and there is no place else to put the tray so I had to sit up and I don't like be woke up like that... I like waking up at my own pace. Then I lifted the lid of the so-called dinner to see this:
I've been taking some photos of my "greatest hits" meals, and this is one of them. This is described as a salami sandwich, but it is an old, horrible looking and smelling slab of meat on a cheap hamburger bun with no condiments. Side order is "tossed salad" (aka iceberg lettuce) and commercial macaroni salad which has that slimy consistency.
As long as we're talking food, how do you like this one -- it's "chicken parmesan"
This photo doesn't really do the hideousness of this justice. Ok, first imagine it cold which it is, then imagine that fart-smelling aroma of overcooked broccoli stems and cauliflower.
This is probably the worst one -- this is either "turkey burger" or "vegi-burger" --- again on a cheap hamburger roll, again with the farty overcooked broccoli stems and I think this was some kind of potatoes au gratin, but tasteless and cold.
And finally, to round off life in the instituion, all my clothes have my name in them on adhesive tape. It's all part of being institutionalized. This is my bra. Now I have to thank Amy for "reframing" the name tags for me. She patiently explained, "You don't want to wear some other lady's bra and you don't want some other lady wearing yours." That appealed to my logic. She's right, but it's still demeaning to put on a pair of underpants with your name in them. We can have a nametag removal party where egg drop soup is served when I get home!