- Z75.5, Holiday relief care
The reality is so much more boring. First of all, when I take off, it's usually not to an exotic locale. When I travel, it's not in a flowing sundress and floppy hat - more like slip-on shoes and clothes comfortable enough to hoof it through the airport and then sit on a plane for hours without worrying about catching my skirt on the plane seat arms. And floppy hats are not really conducive to storage in the overhead bin. And finally, code Z75.5 isn't about me taking care of myself at all - it's the code we use for admitting a patient to the hospital because his family went on vacation and couldn't arrange other care for him.
When I first heard about holiday relief care, I couldn't believe it was true. People actually take their elderly and sick family members and leave them at a hospital when they can't take them with them or arrange other care? It does happen. But not in the movies, apparently. As I type this, I have the theme song from National Lampoon's Vacation going through my head. Good old Clark Griswold never did think of leaving Aunt Edna at a hospital and maybe he should have. Of course, they were trying to transport her to another relative and had no idea she would die on the way. But it does give a humorous look at a serious subject - what do we do with our elderly relatives when it's time to take a holiday?
Have a terrific weekend and I will see you after my holiday!