SATELLITE 5 - This was a reference to the administration building inferring that the workers there were in a different orbit and out of touch with what was actually transpiring on the back wards.
NAVEL GAZERS - This referred to outside consultants sent in by SATELLITE 5 personnel to provide theoretical solutions to problems of daily life on the back wards. Psychodrama where patients acted out their feelings instead of beating the stew out of someone was an example of an activity a navel gazer came up with. Worked like a charm until the psychodrama leader suffered a broken nose form a dramatic punch.
FUNNY PAPERS - This referred to records or notes made on the ward and not charted.
SLEEPER - This referred to a non committed patient that suffered a neurosis or drug addiction problem and was sent to one of the chronic wards. They usually only stayed one night and left abruptly the next morning.
G.I. CIGARETTES - Non taxed smokes that were used as a reward system.
BOZO - An inept staff member
HARDCORE - Referred to patient or staff that had been in attendance for > 10 years. It was a toss up as to which group was the most difficult to deal with.
TOPSIDE - Referred to avoidance of the dimly illuminated inter connecting tunnel system. "I know it's only 15 degrees out there, but I'm going topside."
ACCORDING TO HOYLE - Doing something carefully and by the book regardless of consequences.
TUNE UP - When an interesting patient from the medical component was sent to the psychiatric ward for adjustment of psychotropic medications it was often called referral for a tune up. I once heard the Chief of Medical Service at Downey bitterly complain to our ward psychiatrist, " I sent that patient to your ward for a tune up and you blew his engine."
ANTISCREAM - A "Downeyism" for any major tranquilizer, usually Thorazine concentrate.
S&S - Short hand for stab and sprint. This was a unique Downey-way of administering an Intramuscular injection to a violent and/or agitated patient. When I was being taught this technique, I was told, "forget everything you know about injection technique." The nurses hand formed a fist with the syringe in the middle and needle pointing down, the thumb was always on the plunger. Whenever a suitable site became available, the syringe was quickly delivered with a stabbing motion and the thumb immediately jammed the plunger home. Whatever became of aspirating and capping the needle? I will have to take the 5th. A crude but effective method that was not according to Hoyle.
PIT - Referred to the restraint room which had 3 bed frames bolted to the floor. I tried playing relaxing music on the radio here and the hardcore nurses made fun of me!
SNAFU - One of my favorites, an old military term for Situation Normal All Foweled Up.
FUBAR - Another military term, Foweled Up Beyond All Repair. Some people like to substitute another "F" word for fowled but I thought it was nice to maintain a little civility.
PAPER TIGER - A rather loosely applied term for any administrator or outside consultant that came up with rigid authoritarian solutions to everyday
I better cease this foolishness before I get carried away. Whenever we were in over our heads in the OR, Dr. Slambow used to always say, "Discretion is the better part of valor." As I quickly loaded Hemoclip Appliers, I muttered, "To bad you didn't say this 15 minutes ago, before the hepatic bed started bleeding like a stuck pig." Actually, I never really said that, but the thought did cross my mind.
When I started this foolish blog, I wondered if anyone would read it. My only intent was to write some memories down before my mind topples into that great cognitive abyss that probably is not far off. I never dreamed that I would write 100 posts (this is #100) or that so many people would read my foolishness. Thanks for reading and I am always shocked by the number of people reading this in the middle of the night. A special thanks and I hope that I am not keeping you up. O.F.