Scout is Out

June 28, 2008 at 12:02 pm 12 comments

 Scout is out…in more ways than one.  

  Having first outed myself to my family whilst in Hawaii I then  proceeded to go bonkers , well, er, um, further bonkers, and landed in the nut house.  I didn’t see any squirrels around but did get a good first hand peak at facilities today for the mentally ill (such a stupid term in itself). 


North Vancouver’s Lions Gate Hospital is rather draconian and while their blurb is a good one, it sure doesn’t hold true.  About the only good thing was the uniforms…hospital issue now has nice colours in various shakes of gold, brown, tan and yellow.  Yes, I was one of the revered ‘Golden Girls’ of Ward A2.   We were such hags , nice hags but still hags , that none of the slightly dangerous patients would go near us (and what the fuck are slightly dangerous ones doing in a ward with non-dangerous ones, hmm, hmmm?.  


Wholly inadequate.  From having dropped the transitional ward to meet again with the pressures of the outisde world, those rooms have now been converted to nice office space to attract pychiatrists….oh goody, they get to have nice office space while we get tossed back out onto the street.  My doctor is the director of A2 and released me knowing i’d be homeless and living in my van a few days after.  As far as he is concerned that is not the hospital’s business.  So, who’s nuts here, the sheeple who go along with the underfunded system and mind-altering politics, or moi, a bipolar who reacts strongly to the ills of the world?  


At least i smuggled out a uni and got something out of the deal besides a med switch which seems to be affective.


Meals? We won’t even go there but I wished I’d had my camera.  Mind you, they probably would have taken it away from me anyways…just like they kept trying to take away my cigarettes (Scout wouldn’t surrender them and repeatedly told them they had no right to….more on this in further posts as I strip apart the Mental Illness Act, B.C. Coastal Health Authority, etc..  Then again I may just say ‘fuck it, fuck it all’.  


Most of the nurses, as usual, were angels…..about 90% women, the majority were the only ones who really knew what they were doing and had to scramble their arses off due to a nursing shortage and financial cutbacks.  My doc was a typical old style doc, he was knowledgable but mysoginistic.  Somehow I took great dellight in watching his facade crumble as I questioned his authority and competance.  Maybe I have a cruel streak but it’s not such a bad one as I could have stripped the guy down to bare bones and watched him shrivel into a little ball.  I decided not to go that far.


Fashion, food and farce…..the three ‘F’s that make up the psyche ward.  Not much has changed in the Cukoo’s Nest.


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  • 1. » Scout is Out  |  June 28, 2008 at 2:06 pm

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  • 2. Wandering Coyote  |  June 28, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Wards vary widely. Very widely. The one here in Trail is OK – very quiet, excellent staff, but BORING because there are no day programs.

    As for food, did you read my post about Interior Health’s food I endured for 6 days last month when (I was SECTIONED, incidentally)! Here it is.

    We should chat; man I have stories that would curl your teeth…

  • 3. harpervalley  |  June 28, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    coyote….admittedley, the top-heavy lions gate is so bungled up in it’s own bureaucracy and scandals that that is one of the reasons it’s SO behind. heading now for your food post review…and i’m sure you could tell a tale or two……….mental health care is so inadequate in this country.

  • 4. Q  |  June 29, 2008 at 4:37 am

    I dunno scoutaroo…you’re one of the most sane people I know….what does that make everyone else 😉

    My Xs best friend is bi polar and it is rather frustrating to see someone not be able to control the way ups and the way downs except with the heavy duty drug thing 😦

  • 5. harpervalley  |  June 29, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Q….ha, seems those of us in the blogosphere who don’t buy into the crap of the oligarchy are the sane ones….so thanks to a turban wearing cat man (i mean, you have to be sane, right?).

    ya, it’s kinda bizarre being on the meds but it sure helps. i feel best when i’m with my indigenous brother and sisters because bipolar is viewed in a different and healthy light, and that alone brings a balance about. more on tribal bipolar perspective later….it’s not as though indigenous people have sole rights to this…there are many good people from all races who understand.

    at least i got to educate some younger people about bipolar perspectibe from an indigenous POV and use my healing hands on some of the patients and staff!!! always good to feel needed 😀

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  • 7. Austin  |  July 1, 2008 at 3:34 am

    Hey scout,
    Glad to hear that you are out of the Public Health system and in one piece. Things are not so different here in Oz though many people work very hard to change and keep the system human and supportive.
    It is also good to hear that maybe you are on some medication that actually helps you, there is no harm in that. There is a lot of new thinking around our current treatments that reflects that when we eventually look back on the state of treatments now, it will be equivilent to looking back on the days of operating without anaesthetic.
    Myself, I too, am coming out, and walking a slightly rocky road as my life slowly transforms.
    Take care and wishing you all the best,

  • 8. verbena19  |  July 1, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Sis, glad to hear that you survived the ordeal with your sense of humour intact. btw, in Ontario they won’t even let you keep your cigs. When they lock you up for observation, they don’t allow you outside to smoke and there’s no smoking anywhere on hospital grounds. Drove my a. Sis bonkers! Now she won’t go anywhere near a hospital even in an emergency. so she keeps falling down, getting sicker, and won’t get help. They really did her in. Is this the new therapy? Strip people of all dignity and treat them as in jail? Shows they haven’t learned much at all…

  • 9. verbena19  |  July 1, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    P.S. Take care of yourself, sis. You know where I am if you need me, ok?
    ~ob 😉

  • 10. scout  |  July 3, 2008 at 2:42 am

    hey austin! good luck , and may that rocky road be ice cream 😀 . ha, the mental health has come a long ways…when i think about my mother and the meds she was on and how yucky the loony bin she was in was i go….well, at least the meds have come a long ways….and certainly the treatment and methods. but the psche ward remains archaic with industrial revolution rules and regs. they tramp on a person’s human rights and try to say they can get away with it because of the mental health act. they are, of course, full of shit 😀

    today i went there to visit a couple of friends i made and i’ll write something on it later, but they tried to have security escort me out (and indeed i had 3 baby faced kids, all 21 at the most, walk behind me when i left. i smiled at them and told them i loved them. i let nurse ratshit know that i wasn’t mad at her and actually thanked her for taking her role in this.

    heh heh, there’s some things they may never understand, and that’s walking the spiritual road.

    sis……the same rules apply in bc….it’s just that i defied them because i know they are false rules, they are not based on nature, and nature is the only truth in the world. i informed the nurses they should get a hold of their shop steward as they are liable for criminal charges to be in accordance with the mental health act – it is called coersion. there are other violations i could list, but that’s for later.

    junkies have more rights then smokers. they have safe injection sites here. why don’t they make safe smoking sites with covers , seats, and warmth . they bitch about health all the time, but if you use tobacco in the sacred manner that it’s intended for then ill health does not come from it (save if you’re smoking the tobacco with additives).

    if they want health then they’ll end up with patients getting pneumonia and other things when the weather is cold. they can’t see the light for the forest. no, wait, they can’t see the forest for the marquee.

    never mind. thanks….love ya 😀

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