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Let The Sun Shine, and Bozo?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

My friend over at Walking Butterfly just gave me this cool award! Being the doof that I am I can't quite figure out yet how to link the picture back to her. But run over and check her out!

As for the Bozo part. I'm having a difficult time waiting until tomorrow morning to call the charge nurse, the head of the nursing department and the head of patient relations at the hospital that my son was released from today.

We're all sitting in the room waiting for him to be released and the nurse walks in and says "Be sure to bring those crutches back for the next Bozo that comes in."

I looked at her and said "Bozo? You're callling my son Bozo?"

"Yes he's a Bozo. He's been in here three times in three years. Once to have a nail removed from his hand. He was here last fall to have his leg re-built after the car accident, and now he's broken it again and had more surgery. He's a Bozo."

I'm looking at the bed now knowing that if I look at her my death ray vision will activate. I take a deep breath and ask again "Bozo?"

She must have seen the the holes being seared into the bed and the red glow emanating from my eyes and she changed her tone a smidge.

"I apologize, I mean high risk patient."

Ok, number one accident: bumped while working, nail gun slipped, shot him in the thumb.

Number two accident: Walking home after drinking too much at a tavern, is on the shoulder of the road and is hit by a high school coach that had just left a bar and was driving and then left my son on the side of the road and fled the scene.

Number three accident: fell while hiking due to weakened leg because of accident number two.

Should he have been hiking? The surgeon released him for normal activity. The mom in me wants let him have it for that, but hey, the surgeon did release him.

The anger in me began to rise. My husband and son must have seen it coming. Jeff puts his hand on my shoulder holding me in the chair. Cole firmly said "Mom!" The nurse left the room. I took a deep breath knowing that tomorrow, Monday, will come. Phone calls will be made and hopefully she'll realize that "Bozo" is a comment best left for a parent to make.

BTW, my daughter has had 16 surgeries in five years. I wonder what that makes her?


Brenda Susan May 16, 2010 at 5:42 PM  

OMG! "BOZO"? that is horrible beyond horrible! It is one thing for a parent to jokingly call their kid names, but the nurse?? wow, I bet she is lucky your family was there to restrain you!! that is amazing!

Oh, and the name you called yourself (Doof?) in this post was also totally uncalled for. You aren't supposed to link the picture back to me, just linking my blog name is perfect! Thanks!

The Bipolar Diva May 16, 2010 at 6:40 PM  

I could have killed her right there!

I was able to get the award linked back to you in my sidebar :)

Gucci Mama May 16, 2010 at 7:32 PM  

She was BEGGING you for a throat punch. She's obviously a democrat. Only democrats stay stupid ass things. ;)

Claudya Martinez May 16, 2010 at 7:38 PM  

I commend you for your restraint. I would have wanted to bitch slap that BITCH! Honestly, since when is that an appropriate way to refer to a patient.

Claudya Martinez May 16, 2010 at 7:38 PM  

Oops. last one was supposed to be a question mark, not a period.

The Bipolar Diva May 16, 2010 at 7:54 PM  

I had to take an Ativan just typing that Bozo part! I'm counting down to 8am! I can just envision that stethoscope wrapped tightly around her neck!

Nolie May 16, 2010 at 8:05 PM  

You have GOT to be kidding me. That nurse would have had to call security and had me removed from the hospital if that was me. You let out a blast of just exactly what kind of bozo SHE is tomorrow when you call every single department you can think of.

The Bipolar Diva May 16, 2010 at 9:16 PM  

Oh, and there's another interesting tid-bit that I almost forgot about in my motherly madness. There was another patient in the room behind the curtain while she was LOUDLY calling my son a Bozo and rattling off his MEDICAL HISTORY for the entire room to hear. Hmmmmmm......What happened to HIPAA?
Oh, I think I just may enjoy tomorrow!

The Bama Gardener May 16, 2010 at 10:13 PM  

BOZO! That is awful. Totally unprofessional!

The Bipolar Diva May 16, 2010 at 10:20 PM  

Man I wish you were all in Portland. We would march into that hospital and light them up! Well, at least for the one "nurse" the others were fab.

MommyLovesStilettos May 17, 2010 at 7:18 AM  

OMG I would have slapped her! BOZO??? RUDE!

Emily May 17, 2010 at 4:14 PM  

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I'm now following you, too! :)

Anonymous,  May 17, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

Just found you..(ADORE your blog header!)

I can't believe that nurse said that to you! I would have freaked...I have a daughter who was SO accident prone as a small was ridic!

Meghan May 17, 2010 at 6:46 PM  

Thanks for participating in the Monday Madness blog hop! We hope your Monday isn't too "Madness-y"


Unknown May 17, 2010 at 7:03 PM  

Wow you did have a bad experience. How rude! When I was in the hospital with a kidney stone, a nurse came in during the middle of the night to take blood and was horrible with the needle. She was just rooting around in my arm with it to find a vein. Needless to say when we got home my grandmother wrote a very strong letter that went with a phonecall and we were assured the nurse was going to be "re trained" and even got our bill knocked down. You should def make a phonecall, she needs to be "re trained" in bedside manners.

The Bipolar Diva May 17, 2010 at 7:09 PM  

I called in this morning and spoke with both the head of the separtment and the head of patient relations. I told them exactly what happened and they were both silent for a bit. They were shocked and said that they would both call her in as soon as they hung up the phone. They were especially quiet when I told them that she violated HIPAA, I guess that's a big time no-no.
I made sure though to tell them about the incredible nurses he had there also.
I'm STILL boiling about the whole thing tonight!

Steph May 17, 2010 at 8:51 PM  

You're a better person than I am...I would have had some serious words with her! I'm glad you called and spoke to the head of the department!

New follower from D-List ;)

♥Yaya's Mommy ♥ May 17, 2010 at 9:55 PM  

Sounds like my house. 3 kids the is always something happening and someone going to doctor. UGH the bills are not fun hu?

Following you back. Happy Tuesday. Love the blog name. :)
Best wishes,

Tammy May 17, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

Okay, that is so wrong! She should be reprimanded due to that comment! Stopping by from Follow Me Back Tuesday...Have a super day!

Melodramommy May 17, 2010 at 11:38 PM  

I can't believe she called your child a bozo! I share the same dreadful experiences which is exactly why I just titled a recent post: "Urgent Care-less"

I am your newest follower. Had to follow for the fact that you have 8 kids! OMG! I struggle with two. My hat goes off to you. Love the design at the top.

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas May 18, 2010 at 12:39 AM  

Hi..I’m Barb….I am from TTA... I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @
& get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

Flory May 18, 2010 at 2:10 AM  

i'm your newest follower... love your blog!
follow back!

JDaniel4's Mom May 18, 2010 at 3:05 AM  

Stopping from SITS! I am not sure why she felt she could say something like that.

Ott, A. May 18, 2010 at 3:13 AM  

Just stoppin by from TAT. I'm happy to be your newest follower. Sounds like life keeps you busy. You'll have to stop by my blog for a Latte sometime.

Debbiedoos May 18, 2010 at 5:03 AM  

Wrong is an understatement....It is amazing the stupid things people say.....Found your blog from the Tuesday follow. Glad I did, your life sounds interesting with all the kids, animals and in general!

extreme personal measures May 18, 2010 at 5:11 AM  

Stopping by from Follow Back Tuesday to say hi. I am a new follower :)
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KNB May 18, 2010 at 6:38 AM  

Obviously, she's no nurse. At l;east no nurse I've ever met who tend to be compassionate and kind. You showed remarkable restraint even with your hackles raised!

BTW: My blog is about living with Bipolar Disorder, too!

Stopping by from SITS

Missie May 18, 2010 at 7:09 AM  

Some people are extremely insensitive. I stopped by from Follow Me Tuesday and am now following you. Please check out my blog!


Tiffany May 18, 2010 at 7:15 AM  

Following you!!! Thanks for following me!

waterwaif May 18, 2010 at 7:16 AM  

Bozo? I'd have killed her. On the spot.

I'm a new follower from Tuesday Tag-Along and can't wait to read your blog!

Housewife Eclectic May 18, 2010 at 7:33 AM  

I can't believe it! I would have been so angry! Did you talk to her supervisor? I would have!
I am a new follower from follow me back Tuesday. Come follow me at

joeandbridge May 18, 2010 at 7:34 AM  

Hi! I'm popping in from Follow Me Back Tuesday. I'm your newest follower! Hope you can swing by my blog! Have a great day!

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Shell May 18, 2010 at 7:39 AM  

I would have lost it. That's uncalled for, I don't care what he did to get there, she needed to be professional.

MollyinMinn May 18, 2010 at 7:39 AM  

Incredible. Simply incredible. You did show amazing restraint!

Furry Bottoms May 18, 2010 at 8:47 AM  

Oooh, I wouldn't have liked that either. Good thing the nurse left the room!!!

Jenny Brown May 18, 2010 at 9:10 AM  

First of all, Congratulations on your award, I got my first award about 2 weeks ago - and I'm still beeming from it!

And I don't think nurses are allowed to call our kids BOZO's..(not unless it is done in a joking manner, maybe)......that's a parents job!

I noticed that you started following my blog and I wanted to say thank you, I really appreciate that you find me funny and want to keep in touch! Being a part-time blogger makes it hard for me to post daily, and some posts are better than others, but I promise I'll always reply back if you decide to comment on my blog!

Have a great day! Now I'm off to snoop around your blog awhile! :):)

Carries Rambles May 18, 2010 at 9:40 AM  

Oh man? She must not be real bright! Wow!

new follower from FMBT

Chantele May 18, 2010 at 9:45 AM  

wth is wrong with that nurse!?

New follower from FMBT! :)

Ms. Understood May 18, 2010 at 10:12 AM  

Wow. That was extremely inappropriate. You should have reported her. Congrats on your award.

Jessica Warrick May 18, 2010 at 10:20 AM  

i would have cussed that women out. she has no right to calla patient a bozo. No matter what they do to themselves she cant call them names.Here from Tuesday tag along, new follower. You can follow back at

Anonymous,  May 18, 2010 at 11:43 AM  

Wow! Good restraint! She was asking for it! Following from FMBT. Have a great week!

Cara May 18, 2010 at 1:19 PM  

I would have SO knocked the helll out of that nurse!!! WOW!!! I love your blog. I also was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 about 2 years ago so life has been one hell of a ride. Keep on writing, it helps :)

Unknown May 18, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

She really needs some bedside manner training. I cannot believe that.

New follower!

Daisygirl May 18, 2010 at 2:11 PM  

Hi I am a new follower from FMBT! Love your blog header!

Rachel Cotterill May 18, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

Hmm, it sounds like she got off lightly! ;)

Monkey Man May 18, 2010 at 3:04 PM  

Bozo?? WTF kind of bed side manner is that. Leave it at the nurses station, you insensitive b*%#CH. I am in Portland and will march with you.

The Bipolar Diva May 18, 2010 at 3:33 PM  

Yea Monkey Man! They won't know what hit them if we all went up there! I'm going to make a couple of follow up calls tomorrow.

Stacey @ Chasing Cloud 9 May 18, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

I'm a nurse and her comment burns me up! That's not right, and she should definitely be reprimanded for that.

New follower from FMBT!

fancygrlnancy May 18, 2010 at 5:15 PM  

I am visiting from Tuesday Tag~Along.. thanks for the follow I am following back!

WTF? is wrong with that nurse.. OMG! I would have killed her. I am so sorry you have to go throught this... horrible.

Leandrea at Coupons Are Great May 18, 2010 at 7:29 PM  

You are a strong mom, that is for sure!

Just popping in from Tuesday Tag Along to friend you. Visit us at

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