I’ve been to the hospital a lot as we all have.
My question is this, if you have a roommate when you watch television do you wear headphones or keep it at a low volume so as not to disturb your neighbor? I do or don’t watch tv. On the GI surgical floor those are the rules, printed and everything.
I’m on what’s called the medical floor and it has just opened up, it’s not new or swanky it’s just been relabeled.
My current roommate is in a bad way, I feel very sorry for his situation, however he sleeps with telemundo or sporting events on TV so loud you can hear it in the hall and his wife talks on the phone using speakerphone in Spanish. Thankfully visiting hours are only 11am to 8pm. I have no way of communicating to them that this is bothersome and rude. The nurses on this floor don’t seem to want to say anything until the wife leaves then they will turn down the TV but won’t turn it off but I have to do some serious whining for it to happen.
Yesterday the baseball game was on at top volume while he slept and the wife was playing music from her phone at top volume and SINGING LIVE like some kinda open mic night all at the same time.
I put my headphones on at top volume to listen to music and could still hear the ballgame, music, and singing. But could barely hear my media. After she left the local cable company replayed the baseball game so I got to hear the home team lose twice.
The doctors have chosen to sedate me instead of dealing with this clear etiquette issue. As a result I’m even more exhausted than when I arrived a week ago.
The language barrier is not helping, there is a young nurse that is well aware they speak no English so she just speaks English louder almost yelling instead of using the interpreter. I finally yelled at the nurse at 3:30am the other night to PLEASE lower her voice.
I’ve asked to change rooms but am getting no joy in that area, as well as the neighbor was supposed to be discharged three nights ago now, but keep coming up with excuses to stay. It’s not for the drugs as he’s not in pain and has asked for exactly one Tylenol my entire stay.
So my question is, Am I The Asshole for continuing to complain about this? I’ve spent a ton of time in hospitals and I’ve never ever had a situation like this.
Thanks for reading my rant, I’m looking forward to your feedback.