Protocols: Now this is just fucking annoying

There’s a long wait at the emergency psychiatric* receiving facility. Our patient wants a cigarette. She has been completely cooperative, and is voluntarily here. My partner gives her a cigarette after asking me and the facility staff if it’s OK. I generally believe in the path of least resistance, and I suspect the facility does too.

We let the patient off the gurney and she smokes. The staff is aware of this, of her steady gait, of her ability to walk, of her absolute lack of medical issues. I even re-make the gurney now that she’s off of it.

So, the wait is over, and it’s time to bring her into the facility.

“You guys have to wheel her in on the gurney.”

“What the fuck? She’s already walking toward your door. And I already made the gurney!”

“It’s our policy. We don’t want her to fall or pass out or run away.”

“WHAT? Use your heads!”

Path of least resistance. Path of least resistance. Well, after some lip first. Assholes.

*Oxymoron

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