This happened just recently. Sometimes, I sit in the waiting room at work to get a first hand view of patients. Often, I detect emergencies and cut short the red tape. At other times, I’m there to be entertained.
Speaking of entertainment, one of my sisters is an undergraduate. She loves to follow me to work when she visits. This is because of the drama of patients. She takes a vantage position in order to download all the ‘reality shows’ we take for granted. I find that so amusing.
Back to my story. It was almost closing time for me. A nice SUV parked and a lady alighted. We greeted her warmly.
“Please, I need you to give my children injections”, was the next thing she said.
I laughed. “Have they been naughty? Are you trying to scare them?”
“I want you to give them injections, so I can collect money from their father”
She repeated herself. The staff in the room stared at her. Her older son of about 5 or 6 years came in.
“See that one? He talks a lot. It is he who will inform his dad that he got an injection. That is how money will come out”
This one takes the cake. We are used to getting requests from patients to inflate the bills on their receipts but for treatment already received. (Another day, I will tell you of a man who caught his wife in this act and came to the hospital to verify.)
We asked her if they had outstanding immunisations. They didn’t.
“What of Vitamin A ? Is it not injectable?” she asked.
When we said No, she asked us to give injection water. By then the nurse was itching to throw her out.You needed to see how robust she looked. Her son was overweight. Their car was pricey. I didn’t see any sign that she lived in penury.
When she left in disappointment, the janitor had to carry out her fat son. He had thrown himself on the floor because he wanted to stay and play with the nurse’s phone. I wished he was my nephew so I could teach him what my dad taught me. ‘Never throw a tantrum in public!’
Lol What do you think? How stingy can a man be to justify such behaviour? Till I hear from you, Cheers.
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