My FDL

Healthcare and being transgender/transsexual

Whee, now that I am out of the hospital, I feel less confined.  Stupid cat bites, they are all in on it!  But that is not what I am here to ramble about.  I just spent 5 days in a Catholic hospital.  Where, might I add, they respected me as a person, except for my specialist, who refers to me as a young lady but when I am not there as a “confused gentleman”, you'd think doctors would be more circumspect when speaking on the phone.  But that is not point here.

Here's the kicker:  I get more respect at the Catholic hospital than I do at the “liberal” university hospital.  The university hospital has a policy that says I must be in a room with another male, who literally blew a gasket when I was about to be put in there; not because I was transgender, but because he saw me as a woman.  Ended up stuck in a private room, but their respect for people?  none…  Meanwhile, when I went to the local Catholic hospital, I was treated as a human.  I even got a chance to discuss religion with a Mennonite nurse and learned more about her religion than I have from reading books.  Don't get me wrong, she asked questions too, and I gladly answered them as best I could; I hope we both learned from it. 

I also got the chance to speak with someone from the pastoral care staff who was actually caring and s=dare I say it, more liberal in his beliefs.  It gives me hope that otyhers can change, too.  Has anyone else had bitter/better treatment at religious hospitals?

On a side note, I must say I will never go to a certain world class hospital in Minnesota again.  The doctor saw I was transgender and immediately ordered an HIV test.  Granted, I do take the test every year due to receiving blood products related to  my immune system, but I have had this since I was born, and his arrogant assumption that I was HIV positive just proved his homophobia.  Then his “you have to detransition or you will die and go to Hell” shtick really stuck in my craw.  I basically told him it was transition or die and I was not going to die.

Anyways, thanks for letting me vent

Previous post

Transportation Earmarks Turn Taxpayers into Roadkill

Next post

Secret Blacklist Provision in Defense Authorization Bill Signals Death Knell for Small Businesses and Transparency in Contracting

geekydee

geekydee

2 Comments