IF YOU FIND YOU’RE IN A CLINIC AND YOU FIND YOU CAN’T GET OUT

IF YOU FIND YOU’RE IN A CLINIC AND YOU FIND YOU CAN’T GET OUT



IF YOU FIND YOU’RE IN A CLINIC,
AND YOU FIND YOU CAN’T GET OUT 

 

This will never happen in my clinic, 
          but if you wake up somewhere else:
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       If you are a woman,whether single, independent,
independently wealthy, somebody’s wife or not,
whether you’re a working person or not – if you wake
up one morning and the walls are white, and the curtains
are white and a strange white light is coming through
strange windows… 

IF YOU FIND YOU’RE IN A CLINIC AND YOU FIND YOU CAN’T 
GET OUT!

       My advice to you would be as follows:
 Don’t be in a rush to sign any of those Medical
 Release Forms, or Form 14s, or any Cards
at all…. And don’t sign any contract, however simple
it appears….

       And while you’re at it, going through that 
sheath of paperwork they sometimes hand you…
when the staff sees you are exhausted or for 
some reason unable to read, put the pen down 
and say, “I’ll think about it.” Or, “Could we do this
tomorrow?” and smile sweetly.
        
       If you wake up in bed and find that you are
restrained somehow and you discover to your
disquiet, that the only part of your body
you are able to move is your right hand….
the hand that holds the pen…
        At such times it’s best to consider carefully what
you might already have signed – when you were in a
semi-conscious or heavily medicated state.
So it’s best to smile sweetly, as you refuse to sign
anything else.
       Say, “Oh, just for the moment, I need to take a
rest.”
         On some opiate medications
you might in your heart believe you are strolling
through your Aunt’s rose garden…and what
a sweet scent there is, too, and a pleasant
wind wafting under the folds of your dressing
gown….
       You might think you are smelling the roses,
when in fact  you’re smelling Fabreeze, and the
singing of the angels you thought you heard
is in fact the transistor radio of the 98 year old
lady who is unconscious in the bed across
from yours.
      My advice to you is, even when you are
feeling exquisitely good, sign nothing….

      In fact, especially when you are feeling 
wonderfully well, sign no papers until you can
read them.
       When you wake up in what feels to be
seventh heaven, you just know that those
white-coated individuals around you have
your best interests at heart.
        Be firm. Stand your ground. Insist that
they bring you your glasses, before you are
wheeled back down the hall.
       
      It’s not rude to ask for your glasses
before you sign a legal document,
however disapprovingly the nurses
and orderlies look at you…
stick to your guns.
        Be stubborn. Be firm. And don’t be in a hurry
to sign those Organ Donor Cards just yet.
      

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