Hospital: Georgetown University Hospital
City/State/Country: Washington, D.C., United States
Comments: Treated pretty well there. The staff seemed to genuinely care. The groups could have been a little more interesting most of the time but some of them were useful like the stress management one. They had a lot of board games, books, art supplies, a laundry room, and a TV (complete with movies to check out). My room had its own shower unit (I don’t think all of them did, and other people said sometimes it was hard to get hot water – I never had that issue).
One thing I didn’t like, apart from having to go there, was that the patient phones did not call long-distance so you would have to ask them to make long-distance calls for you, and they took the phones and turned off the TV during groups. They didn’t require you to go to the groups for the most part, however, though it was encouraged – and there were only about 2 groups a day. This left a lot of downtime.
Another downside was that I saw three different doctors while I was there partly because I was there over the weekend. It’s also a teaching hospital, so you get some different people at different times.
Additionally the food was pretty bad except for their mac n cheese and chicken tenders, and sometimes people’s orders got screwed up. But if you had money, they would let you order food over the phone to be delivered right up to the ward door. I ordered pizza once.
They did listen when I said I did not want a medication, though I’m not sure if this was everyone’s experience. They used my preferred name though I didn’t tell them about being non-binary. You can wear your own clothes on the ward. Note this is a voluntary ward. It’s definitely still a hospital/institution, but I was surprised at how many things were available for us to do and the general niceness of the staff.
Type of program: Inpatient
Other marginalizations/identities that might have influenced your stay: White, genderqueer/non-binary (did not disclose that part), queer, Autistic