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Swine Flu: Hospital and Nursing Home Quarantined

May 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

My father was admitted to BJC Medical Center in Commerce GA last Sunday.  He has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.  On top of that, he has some dementia so he doesn’t always remember what is going on.  He doesn’t understand where he is or why he is there.

After it was determined that he could not get out of bed by himself, we decided that he would have to be admitted to a nursing home.  This has broken all of our hearts but there was just nothing else we could do.  My mother has been there every day, sitting by his side, watching tv with him and reassuring him that everything was all right.

Last night, my mother and daughter arrived at BJC Medical Center and Nursing home to find the door locked and a sign on the door:  Closed due to the Swine Flu Outbreak in GA.  My mother burst into tears and demanded to see the administrator.  The administrator also refused her entrance.

Close to hysteria, my daughter finally convinced them to allow her to visit for long enough to explain to my father why they couldn’t stay and that they didn’t know when they would be able to come back.  My mother has been crying ever since.  The Swine Flu Outbreak in GA consists of 2 people on the other side of the state who traveled to Mexico.

I understand the need to protect patients from illness.  I understand how fragile the health is of some of the elderly in the nursing home.  I do not understand how they can quarantine a nursing home and refuse to admit people’s loved ones.

Admitting my father has been an extremely emotional and difficult decision.  He has terminal cancer and his doctor told us that he might have a few weeks to live.  Do they think that the Swine Flu is going to go away in a couple days?  Are they going to let my father die alone?

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  • 1 Melissa // May 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I’m so very sorry to hear about this. I’ll keep your family in my prayers.

  • 2 denise cochran // May 4, 2009 at 5:35 am

    I have recently found your blog and have enjoyed it quite a bit. I am so sorry about your issues with the nursing home. How frustrating, hang in there. I cannot imagine how hard this is for all of you. Be strong.

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