Inspired by “the nastiest person you met in the psychward”
For me there was really only one kid during my first stay who was anything approaching nasty. But thought I’d start this thread for any experiences at all really on the ward.
For me the more memorable experiences was the seagull guy, an 18 year old on the adolescent ward who was the only one allowed to go out for smoke breaks. He would walk up and down the hallways flapping his arms and crying like a seagull. There was the time I ended up on the ward only to wake up the next day to find that everyone I’d met or seen the night I was checked in were gone and there were completely different people there. There was the guy who’d checked in as a fugitive to kick his dope habit before facing his ten year prison sentence, he was my roommate and I had no idea who I was and I’m laying there in bed and he’s puking and shivering but we talked, seemed like a good guy to me.
I don’t know, there was the girl I checked out with when it was like just her and I were the only ones leaving our rooms but I was being really shy until she just walked into the tv room one night and sat down next to me and we talked. Did some art together, she asked me what to draw and I’m like “draw a heart” and she says “I hate hearts” and I’m like “Draw a heart” and she did. Her room was across from mine and we would sit in our doorways and roll a rubber bouncy ball back and forth until one of the nurses stormed up and took our ball and told us to cut it out. The doc on the ward actually told me that my mother was trying to have me committed and that he felt concerned for my safety and let me check out AMA with this girl I barely knew, just friends really, we rode a lot of buses, drank jugs of micro brew and stayed in cheap motel rooms until my means were cut off.
There are some memories I can’t reconcile with the accepted realities of my life, can’t place them in order, so I leave out, an entire stay on the ward in fact. I just don’t talk about that stuff even though it was probably the most interesting.
What about anyone else? Any experiences in hospital to recount?