Friday, September 14, 2007

why, White People, why?

My people are busy sucking again.

Listened to report the other day about how a patient was noncompliant with the Kwell shampoo. I perked up because this is the new admission that I saw coming in, a 30-something AfAm male with 5" dreads. What is Kwell shampoo, I wonder? And why are they trying to wash his head? And why are they confused that he would be noncompliant with this plan? The report on this patient ends with the fact that "pt did allow us to apply the Kwell lotion and understood that we would need to leave it on for 8 hours. He stated that he was offended by our original request and that he had psoriasis. After our conversation, he seemed less agitated and was less loud."

okay. let's get the bullets out:

  • I don't know a thing about the situation, because my instructor wouldn't allow me to talk to the staff nurses about it.
  • kwell shampoo is apparently used for lice, according to my clinical instructor.
  • did the patient in fact have lice?
  • does the staff have a clue that rules for washing and caring for white hair are totally different from the rules for black hair, and dreads have their own policies and procedures as well? Did anyone do a quick google search on whether kwell shampoo was the appropriate treatment for a patient with dreadlocks and lice?
  • Yes, lice IS in fact a concern in this unit, as it would spread like wildfire and be very difficult to eradicate.
  • However, did the patient in fact have flaky skin on his scalp that got mistaken for lice by the intake nurse?
  • And, was this nurse the same one who left the report, because I've watched her and she has demonstrated a marked lack of social adeptness in a variety of situations. Including, but not limited to, responding to a patient's statement during community meeting that he doesn't know where his stuff is and didn't receive an itemized receipt for his belongings when he was admitted by saying that "you shouldn't bring things of value with you. I mean, when I go to the doctor, I don't bring all my cash and my jewelry and whatever with me!" Um. Hi. I have a comment. This patient was involuntarily committed and brought here in cuffs. What the fuck did you expect him to do?
so.

minority midwifery student has been writing of this bullshit this week.

and I'd like to add my offer of help to all my people. White folks, let me know if you need some help on this from one of your own. I'll be running a little workshop on Saturday in the park, come on by and we'll have graham crackers and talk it through.

1 comment:

Loving Pecola said...

Hmm interesting, especialyl since, although possible, black people rarely get lice...