Okay, I think I’m finally ready to dish out the whole story about what went on for that month (two months?) that I disappeared.
I’m going to put this under a cut because it will inevitably be long so I might as well take this chance to warn you: I’m going to be talking a lot about medical stuff, abuse, institutionalization…generally a lot of ableism, so if you don’t want to read about that you should pass on this
Oh my god! The treatment you received is absolutely deplorable!!! I’d be reporting those bastards to AHCA!! (Does that exist in California? “Agency for Health Care Administration”. I’m not sure if it’s a nation-wide thing or only in Florida, but they’re responsible for inspecting/regulating medical care facilities. Even if it’s not in Cali, I’m sure there’s an equivalent).
And the fact the hospital gave you no choice of where you were going and just shipped you off? Are they even legally allowed to DO that??? At my work, we’ll have hospitals refer patients to us, but it’s always the patient/family’s final choice if they actually want to come to us or not. Have those people never heard of “Patient’s Rights”??? We have to take a refresher course on it every year at my work, and the facility administration stresses how important it is. Just because you’re in a care home, or elderly, or disabled, doesn’t mean you lose your right to make decisions about your personal/medical care!
Ugh. I’m sorry you had such an awful experience :( <3