Every night I am restricted to nothing but water for 14 hours, from 6:45 p.m. until 8:45 a.m. Friday afternoon, Dr. Edwards and I talk about it. He says I’m on a regular diet and can have anything I want. He goes to the nursing station and comes back to report that Levine has written an order that I can’t have anything.
Saturday night my aide brings in some CDs and my CD player. Within minutes, they disappear from my room. The staff has taken them without telling me or leaving an inventory. Sunday morning Gary checks and says that I can’t have them because I’m on 15-minute checks.
Fifteen-minute checks are used for two purposes: for the first 72 hours for all patients, and thereafter for patients who are considered dangerous to themselves or others. I said I would kill myself if I went home. I did not go home. I have not been suicidal for a single instant.
On Thursday Roger Levine tried to discharge me but, three days later, he still has me on 15-minute checks. Is his plan that the checks should follow me home? Levine’s behavior is malicious, controlling and totally, utterly, irrational. Gary tells me to ask the weekend psychiatrist to take me off 15-minute checks so I can have some music.
When Dr. Baliel (?) comes by, I ask. He says that Dr. Levine has told him specifically not to change any of my orders. Whether present or absent, Levine will have complete control over me. I am not a patient on a psychiatric unit; I am a prisoner of a madman.
Levine comes in on Monday; as he walks in the hallway he averts his eyes every time he comes to my room. I have done my own discharge planning, absent any assistance from staff. Levine walks in and asks if I’m going to hurt myself. “No,” I say. “I’m going to hurt you; I’m going to file a complaint with OPMC against your license.”
I will do everything in my power to sue the hell out of Levine and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Here’s my discharge plan and how I’m going to get into a nursing home: I’m going to buy one with their money.
(As I have written and posted to my blog today, I have had 528 readers. People are watching, including at the U.S. Dept. of Justice.)