Am I A Control Freak or Is this Pants?

I had a good old rant last night; it has not really helped all that much.

If I had not near physically intervened yesterday a nurse would have overly hastily taken an unnecessary blood sample from a patient who had just received a massive dose of monoclonal antibodies and who is suffering from multiple myeloma.

Am I a control freak or is this pants?

Yesterday the document pertaining to be a treatment schedule had a magic extra dose of 40mg of dexamethasone on it. This stuff is not approved for use in Scotland and can only be had from a hospital pharmacy. These are located in the bowels of the hospitals next to the mortuary. I know I have been to two of them now. Normal pharmacists are not allowed to stock it. I pointed it out and he said it was probably an error. This is not the way to instil confidence. How many more errors?

Am I a control freak or is this pants?

In another hospital the charge nurse lied to us. I cross referenced what she said with a doctor and she basically lied right to our faces.

Am I a control freak or is this pants?

The nurse said that the yes / no decision for the next round of chemo is made on the basis of a blood test. This has to be done the day before the chemo is due to continue. She was insistent it had to be done the day before. There is no scientific requirement for this it could be two days before. Unfortunately, this particular blood test has an electrophoresis in it, and it takes two days. So, if we stick to her insistence the doctors will not have the data they need to make the appropriate decision. She wanted to argue the toss.

Am I a control freak or is this pants?

A while back when being discharged a doctor wrote up a prescription for us. It was printed out. We had to remind him that he had left the heparin-based anti-coagulant off it. So, he took a pen and scribbled it on the bottom of the prescription. The pharmacist did not question the altered prescription. I could have written that on myself. The prescriptions here are so easy to forge. Are we responsible for remembering which drugs and when?

Am I a control freak or is this pants?

I am trying to look after the wife. Do I have to monitor the medical system for errors and omissions as well?

Am I a control freak or is this pants?

This is so slack it might prove fatal.