I am using the term "Deity' or "little god" to explain the attitude of some unprofessional doctors who wield the power that they have in an unethical way.
Her friends told her not to go to that hospital, but she had always been headstrong, and went anyway. Her first two children were born there and she had nice memories.
But things change. Sometimes drastically.
The caesarean was successful, and her obstetrician laughed and joked through the whole procedure. The baby was born healthy and screaming, and his job was done.
The next morning the mother woke up to the sound of cats squalling. No it wasn’t. It was newborns being wheeled down the corridors to their mothers.
A baby was dropped off in every room. Except hers, that is. That’s strange. No one said a word to her.
She figured they would bring her baby at noon and settled down to watch a little more TV.
At noon the sound of babies crying again permeated the hallways but still no baby was brought to her room.
The woman began to experience fear and soon was nearly hysterical. Something must be wrong with her baby!
She called the nurses station in tears.
The nurses wanted no part of it. They saw that the baby had been assigned to Dr.____ and called a mediator.
The mediator came in with a toothy grin. “Oh, Mother what’s wrong,?” she asked soothingly.
The woman eyed her with frustration. “Please don’t call me that. Just tell me where my baby is.”
The mediator was still conciliatory,” Well…the baby has, you know…she has…a problem.”
“What kind of problem? Shouldn’t somebody have said something to me? Why did I have to call?”
The mediator tried to calm her down again. “You see…your baby has been assigned to Doctor_____. He says your baby needs to recuperate for a few days."
The mother was stern. “Okay. Then tell me the name of my baby’s ailment. Just pick a name. Pick a disease. Tell me! What is it?"
The mediator scratched her neck. She seemed at a loss for words.
The mother continued. “Its been nearly 24 hours and I don’t even know what my baby looks like. And nobody has come in here to tell me anything. Yes, you"re right. I am upset.”
The mediator was working hard to cover up the doctors shabby ethics. “Well Dr.____ said, er...There is really no ailment. She just needs to stay with us for a while.”
"Why? To bond? Shouldn't she be bonding with me? I don't know what she looks like and its been days!"
Against Dr._____ instructions, the nurses finally sneaked the baby in for her to see.
She was a chubby bundle of joy who looked just like her mom. What was she doing in an incubator?
Afte 5 minutes, they whisked her away. The baby’s mother asked for the phone number of Doctor ______ who had not bothered to come by or call at all. After two days of trying to call him, she gave up.
The days passed slowly.
She had now been in the hospital for five days without a clear knowledge of what was suppose to be wrong with her baby.
One day a nurse walked in and looked at the mother crying.
Shaking her head in anger and frustration, she said, “Not again. He has been reprimanded so many times!”
She explained that the hospital had a big problem with one of the doctors. She was going to retire in 3 months and didn't care what anybody thought of her anymore.
Then taking a deep breath she told the woman that the nurses called that doctor "Dr. Deity" because he thought he was God, and made many decisions that the veteran nurses thought were underhanded.
She told her he would release her baby when her insurance was all gone.
He had recieved many complaints from the administrators about his shoddy ethics.
Another day went by.
It was the fourth of July. The baby with no diagnosis was still in the hospital. She was in constant full protest about thhis treatment crying loudly all day keeping the preemies upset.
Two veteran head nurses tried to console the mother. Surely Doctor Deity would allow her to go home for the fourth.
Doctor Deity walked into the nursery. He did not speak to the mother or the nurses. He just began writing on a paper in his clip board. He was used to coolness from everybody.
One of the nurses said "hello," and asked him point blank if he would allow the baby to go home. "After all," she argued, “the baby is a healthy baby and her vital signs are normal.”
Doctor Deity turned and stared at the woman.
Importantly, he asked, “May I ask you what medical school you graduated from?
Then he looked at the distraught and homesick mother sitting in a rocker cradleing the baby.
He said, “No. She can’t go home yet. I have to observe her some more.” He left.
The angry mother called her obstetrician.
“Calm down. Yes, I know you have been in the hospital for over a week, but just rest. Shhh...Shhh...Let the man make this money.”
“What did you say?”
The obstetrician suddenly knew he had talked too much. “I said that you need to get some rest”.
The woman wouldn’t let him get away. “No. You said that I should let the man make some money, didn’t you?”
“No. No. You are hearing things.”
“What about ethics? Shouldn’t you doctors show forth some ethical behavior?” This is the business thats making our insurance premiums skyrocket.
“You are too angry. I will see you at your next appointment.”
“I won’t be there. I am making a change.”
He hung up the phone. It was the fourth of July and he was already late for his tee off at the club.
The insurance money of $ 20,000 ran out on the 9th day and the mother and baby were released by Dr. Deity.
It may seem like a small thing to some but the mother is still bitter. She still searches her mail box often for a letter from Dr. Deity explaining why her baby was kept in an incubator for 9 days with no explanation of what was wrong with her.
He has not answered. The insurance company paid him $20,000 for doing absolutely nothing.
One day walking in the area, she peeked inside Dr. Deity's office and saw about five very pretty girls, office workers, walking around in mini skirts and high heels.
"No wonder," she thought. "He has to make a lot of money to keep such a glamorous office staff around."
Dr. Deity was in a terrible automobile accident about a year later.
He sustained internal injuries and a twisted leg.
He had good insurance.