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The humane side of COVID hospital policies

SHARON WAGNER

Avis

Right now I am sitting in my living room, crying. My sister-in-law is in the hospital and in the dying process.

Her husband and brother (my husband) were called to come in ASAP.

Last Saturday, a day after she was taken to the hospital by ambulance, I was allowed in to visit her.

Then, the hospital policies changed. Only two people are allowed to see her at all during her entire stay there.

I am a fully vaccinated person and had to sit in the waiting room and was not allowed to take turns with my husband in seeing her.

Her husband had not been able to get there that day. He lives 60 miles away and can’t get in every day. I was told I could not visit her ever again because of their new policies.

I called hospital administration and was told that I would get a call back in regard to the policy, and if they would decide to let me ever go in.

They never called back.

My sister-in-law went into a coma. I never got to see her that one last time and cannot be there to speak to her as hearing is the last thing to go.

I learned from a lawyer that I can be put in jail without bail and face extremely high fines if I would try to violate the hospital policies.

After being through a year of COVID restrictions, seeing countless inhumanity with nursing home and hospital patients, why are these hospital administrators not coming up with some humane policies, and at least give a little more leeway to those who are vaccinated, instead of doing irreparable emotional damage to families?

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