In all my years I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve had to be hospitalized only four times and two of those times were to give birth to my daughters. But at the end of February I had to be admitted for emergency surgery in the middle of the night. I had diverticulitis with a substantial amount of infection (sepsis). The surgeon removed my lower colon and established an ileostomy which will be “undone” with more surgery later in April. Thank goodness! I’m very lucky in that regard!
While I was at one of the top hospitals in the Columbus area, I noticed some changes versus the past times I was hospitalized. I’m not sure all the differences are positive. Naturally everything is computerized. Nurses ask questions then spend time on the room’s computer entering all my answers. Every time they gave me medication or a piece of equipment they scanned my ID bracelet. I assumed that was a ca-ching to charge my bill.
The main difference I noticed was with the nursing staff. They seemed to be understaffed. Too many patients – too few nurses. But the main concern was that about 1/3 were wearing hijabs and had a language/communication issue. A couple times they tried to give me medication that I knew was inappropriate per the surgeon’s orders. I wonder what happens to patients that aren’t fully aware! The housekeeping staff and meal delivery staff were mostly non-American given their lack of language skills. It’s sad that these jobs are no longer going to Americans, but rather foreigners working for lower wages.
After two weeks in the hospital, I transferred to a rehab facility for 1-1/2 weeks. The nurse to patient ratio was even worse than at the hospital! I had substantial problems with the ileostomy and finding a satisfactory pouch to adhere to it. The nurses weren’t adequately trained to care for, properly prepare the area and apply the pouch. Basically it was a mess and my skin paid the price. One morning I was left sitting in a “mess” naked for two hours as nurses changed shift and aides had to deliver breakfast trays to the dining room patients. Again I feel sorry for patients who either can’t speak up or don’t have family to check on them. Those are the horrors of elderly care. I just did everything I could to convince the Surgeon that I would be better off at home.
I’ve heard many people – especially politicians – complain about the medical industry. I suspect political involvement in the medical industry is the cause of many of the negatives I experienced. The need to cut costs and time spent filling out the computer work required by the government. That takes time away that nurses and aides can spend giving care to patients. Not good!
Many years ago, Columbus became the butt of jokes when a photo of cattle at the OSU farms included the downtown skyscrapers in the near distance. Thus, Columbus became the “cow-town”. It took decades to lose that moniker.
Yesterday’s news may renew our dubious reputation. The story was just too funny, although it ended sadly.
A 650-lb Black Angus bull calf escaped from the McDonald Farm in Grove City, just south of downtown. It was spotted in several locations, including a Burger King restaurant.
Twitter feeds from local news reporters included “Not a Joke” in their tweets. Sadly during the night the calf was struck and killed by a semi truck along I-71 near Hoover Rd. Well, at least it wasn’t near “Frank” Rd which is near GC.
Yesterday Forbes.com released a report of the Easiest & Hardest Cities to find a job. Columbus made one of the lists … can you guess which one?
The report considers 4th Qtr job listings for salaries over $50,000. The cities were ranked per the number of jobs per 1000 population. The parenthesis below represents the (jobs/1M).
Easiest Places: San Jose (130); Washington DC (89); San Francisco (54); Boston (53); Baltimore (52); Raleigh (50); Seattle (42); Columbus (38); Atlanta (36); Minneapolis/St Paul (35).
Hardest Places: Riverside, CA; Miami; Louisville, KY; Orlando; Las Vegas; San Antonio; Los Angeles; Virginia Beach; Salt Lake.
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It is according to Forbes. Columbus has come a long way from being called a cow town – thanks to that OSU farm photo years ago – to now being suggested as one of the regions to watch in 2012 for technology growth.
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Here’s what Forbes said about Columbus (#4 heading, under Technosphere):
Unfortunately for the rest of California, and even more blue-collar Bay Area communities like San Jose and Oakland, high costs and an unfavorable regulatory environment will keep this bubble geographically constrained. Historic patterns, particularly over the past decade, suggest that as the core tech companies expand, they are likely to head to business-friendly places such as Salt Lake City, Raleigh and Columbus, Ohio, which have picked up both tech companies and educated migrants from California.
Recently Jerry Brown, the California Governor, appealed for more tax increases to assist their ailing economy. Governor Kasich tweeted that he welcomed California companies to come to Ohio where our business climate was now friendlier.
Having lived in central Ohio most of my life, and enduring the years that some media have made fun of us, I’m really proud to have this new designation from Forbes. How about you?
Columbus will kick-off a year-long 200th birthday bash starting in February. The city charter was signed Feb 14, 1812. Various celebration events have already been scheduled with The Columbus Historical Society and more will probably be added as the year goes on.
I’m not one of those people who is a great fan of studying history. When I was at the end of my 6½ years of night school at Franklin University, I only needed 2 more hours to graduate. The college offered one course that was only 2 hours credit. It was the “History of Columbus” and was taught by Ed Lentz, who at that time (1985) worked with the Columbus Historical Society. Our textbook was a book titled Columbus: America’s Crossroads that Mr Lentz had co-authored with Betty Garrett.
My expectations for the course were low and after going to night school for so many years, while working full-time and being a single Mom, I just wanted to ‘be done’! I’m sure many of you can relate.
As it turned out, this course was extremely interesting as was the “textbook”. Sized like a coffee table book with LOTS of photos, it’s not like a regular history book. It was fascinating to read about some of the early leaders and to realize how many of the streets are named after them. It covers the early development of areas such as Clintonville, Victorian Village, Italian Village and of course, German Village. Companies, like Lazarus, Big Bear, Bank One, Borden, that played an important part in developing Columbus are also portrayed. Unfortunately many of the companies featured are no longer in existence. Columbus served a key role in the Civil War and the Underground Railroad.
As Columbus gears up for its celebration, I highly recommend securing a copy of this book. If you’ve lived around Columbus most of your life, I’ll bet you’ll be surprised at how little you really know about the city. Trust me … it’s easy reading.
We cheered on the traffic on Rt 315 as fellow Buckeyes traveled to THE GAME against that state up north.
UPDATED: OSU 37 … MICHIGAN 7 🙂