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Monday, November 23, 2009

Lurch, the creepy X-Ray technician

We finally remembered why Moshe needed another IV, after Igor (who was really nice, and not creepy at all) had inserted a Heparin lock so well.  Read on...

There is an X-Ray technician who I will not let X-Ray me, because I will not let him touch me.

For two years, I had to get full body (head to knee) X-Rays, every 25 weeks, as part of the bone-drug study.

Not only did Lurch, this technician, poke and prod me in a painful way, but he also made me uncomfortable. After I realized that not every technician touched me the way he did, I made sure that female technicians took my X-Rays in the future. He creeped me out.

So, when Moshe was in the ER and needed an X-Ray, I was concerned when I saw Lurch on duty. I hoped Moshe's experience would not reflect my own.

It didn't.

It was worse.

In addition to the poking and prodding, Lurch was completely oblivious about Moshe's IV. TWICE, Lurch caught the IV in the X-Ray machine and nearly pulled it out of my husband's arm, causing Moshe even more pain and discomfort.

In the end, Lurch inadvertently succeeded in ruining the IV, and it just fell out of Moshe's arm, spilling blood and saline all over the place. What a nightmare for Moshe (my poor hubby!), who could barely cope with the pain from the kidney stone, even with the pain killers.

 All I could do was to commiserate.  Lurch was the only X-ray technician on duty that night.

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


Anonymous said...


mikimi said...

some people are just idiots even if they do have a professional job- there is also the human and humane side to people and life!

Anonymous said...

Why is this guy working there?

Anonymous said...

It certainly does not sound like a professional job! Think of all the pain this guy has inflicted on who knows how many vulnerable people at a time when they don't have the time, energy or resources to file a complaint. Uch!!


Sarah said...

I do hope you plan to write a written complaint to the hospital.

Batya said...

That guy should be sacked! What about the one who wouldn't help you up?
It's bad enough to be sick; dealing with these guys just makes it worse.

Cheryl Pitt said...

Oh. My. Goodness. Poor Moshe! It makes you wonder how people passed the tests to gain employment!!

Ranting Zelda said...

your story about 'lurch' the lab technician reminded me of a weird doctor that was on duty one day, when my father was in the zefat hospital. at first, i thought he was a maintenance worker because he was rummaging through the waste paper baskets. he was old and wore eye glasees with huge, black frames and unusually, thick, lenses. i watched him as he picked his nose forabout 10 minutes. i felt sorry for the guy. he looked like such a misfortunate one. suddenly, he was standing ny my father's side trying to insert a line rather clumsily, into my father's arm. the blood was oozing out. he never even washed his hands. thankfully, someone else came along to do it. i later learned that the 'nose picker' was in fact, the head doctor in charge of that unit.

RivkA with a capital A said...

When Moshe described the experience to me, he referred to the technician as "Dr. Demento."