My Point of View
Greetings to everyone! I am Perly Viasmensky covering another week for Rolando Larraz.
Rolando Larraz founded this newspaper 24 years ago with the intention of giving a voice to everyone, regardless of political affiliation, race, or any status in the nation. Rolando firmly believes in freedom of expression.
Since I believe that I have the right to express my opinion freely, I choose to dig into the use of those terms they are now using instead of calling doctors, doctors, and the horrible treatment we are receiving from hospitals, nurses, and those so-called “providers.”
A supposed “doctor” who may have had 40 years of experience is in charge of a group of foreign “providers,” but if you want to communicate with the supposed experienced “doctor” that is like winning the California lottery because he is always MIA (missing in action). You have no communication with anyone, except with the supposed nurse who is always absentminded. The acting “provider” is playing the important role, while nurses have the tendency to treat family members of a patient as if they were illiterate or worse.
In this particular case, I am referring to the 40-years-experienced “doctor,” Paul Stewart, who apparently is in charge of a group of “providers” with only two or three years of experience. Some of these “providers” received their credentials here in Las Vegas after being transplanted to us from the State of Florida.
After several calls to different people, you have the “honor” of speaking to someone named Chris, who calls himself a house supervisor complete with the attitude of the CEO of the hospital. He is so professional that he had the audacity to hang up the phone on the person calling.
Two weeks later, and after several calls with no results, you’d be lucky enough to speak to the supposed nurse in charge believing she was the Greek physician Hippocrates, while asking a valid question: “My relative was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. I would like to know the kind of medication he is receiving and if he is reacting to antibiotics?”
“Madam, there is no such thing as antibiotics for an infection. Talk to the ‘provider.’” Anybody has the right to react in a natural way, right or wrong, and my friend, the one who provided me with this story, responded:
“Excuse me! Excuse me, but there is something called Levofloxacin that is widely used to treat a variety of bacterial infections.”
After that interaction, my friend with his relative in the hospital asked himself, “Oh, God, do I need to go out looking for the drug dealer who provides the drugs to whoever wants to buy to answer my questions?”
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.