Well I am happy to report I (or rather our family) made the “nice” list with Lambda Legal. Thank Goodness.
A recent article out of Tampa is still saying that I was “irate” – which I can tell you if I was irate I would have seen Lisa more than for 5 mins or escorted off campus. The article in Tampa also is able to say the priest came at 6:50pm which is about my recollection but wondering how the nurses know that because it’s not in Lisa’s record I received. Just interesting – and of course the token gay nurse who is speaking out says Garnett would not have discriminated against us. Saying that the hospital didn’t recognize Gay Marriage – well he didn’t say that -and in Feb 2007 Washington State didn’t have Domestic Partnership so he is doing revision history. Also all the counseling he supposedly done. I have maintained that his SW note is pure fiction and there are things in it that there is NO WAY he could have known until AFTER I filled out the organ donation form as well as the vital stats info for her Death Certificate so he delayed writing his note for at least 20 hours. So his SW note is a LIE about what he supposedly provided to our family. Otherwise, as a SW myself, he is damn effecient in just 5 mins he told me she was dying just minutes after her CT SCAN, counseled me on the dying process, where I could find services and on and on. I mean the didn’t even provide me with local funeral homes.. I called my brother in DC who called my father’s Funeral home in Spokane who told us who to call in FL. Yeah right Garnett you did a wonderful job (not). The papers also report Lisa was gone from the trauma area for some amount of time- yes that is accurate but that was BEFORE GARNETT spoke with me – the CT scan was at 4pm (she arrived at 3:33pm, the Power of Attorney arrived at 4:17pm) so well before life saving measures ceased… Again JMH’s attempt to revise history and give a reason why I maybe didn’t get back. But really they have no good reason after 6:30pm until 11:30 why the kids and I couldn’t be with her for even 10mins every hour – as she lay dying.
Sadly he (Garnett Frederick) is not licensed in FL nor is he a dues paying member so the National Association of SW – so he only is responsible to JMH. But I continue on with the FL legislature and the Committee for Fair Visitation at JMH. I have been told the public trust that funds the hospital is in horrible debt and every time I speak out – the Hospital worries about the negative publicity. And well they should. They need to “man” up and apologize to the kids and I, take steps to make sure this never happens again – so far neither have happened. So I will continue on.
So for me, the charge nurse who is a lesbian who has been allowed to review Lisa’s record without my permission all this time later (and only b/c I dropped an appeal – is allowed to speak out), Garnett Frederick and JMH is on my naughty list again this year.