Hi all. I’m Telly, suffering with Lupus for a decade but was in remission for 6 until the birth of my 3 years old daughter.
I was recently hospitalised for an abscess drainage. Although the location of the abscess on my body made it difficult to walk and sit down, I had to wait 7 hours on a chair before I could lay down on a trolley. The surgery went well and I was discharged on the same day. On my return from the wash room I found my discharge letter on the bed. I got my stuff and went to the nurse to remind her to fax the district nurse to change my dressing; she replied that I’m not eligible because I’m ‘too young!’ I told her that what blatant discrimination. Her colleague complemented me about my hair but I told them that I didn’t need the distraction.
My mobility isn’t great as my lupus is shifting towards RA symptoms. Therefore I wasn’t eligible for a porter to escort me out. I was sent off with no dressing and was asked to book an appointment with my GP. The next day to asked to talk to the matron who was unapologetic telling me human errors happen.
I was so upset by the situation because it wasn’t the first time happening. I’m in my 40’s and look alright. Should my medical conditions be overlooked because of the way I look? I want it to stop. I was told this is consider as a hate crime. Tell me what you think of this situation and share if you had similar challenges.