Commuity nursing at RS Fatmawati

Look good. Sounds good. Yesterday, that’s what people said about Pak Fadil (pictured in the traditional red-and-white stripes of Madura). He is receiving in-patient (yang menginap di RS) treatment at RS Fatmawati in South Jakarta. For Fadil, staying at the hospital (RS) is an  opportunity.

Why? Because hospitals like RSUP Fatmawati and RS Cipto are usually full. But, as an out-patient (yang tidak menginap di RS) — for example at the Poli Klink — it’s hard to learn about your condition. The doctors are simply too rushed. As an in-patient Pak Fadil has a better opportunity to control his health and learn about the medicines and treatments involved. The air conditioning and view of the golf course are also a plus.

Fadil would like to have a growing tumor removed as soon as possible. The tumor is on his tongue. He also has a heart condition and diabetes.

The costs for him are mounting. But it’s difficult to estimate prices until you actually check out of the hospital. Mona will ask for estimates today. Information is the key to using the Indonesian public health insurance to get well.

Often doctors at RS Fatmwati, RS Cipto and other large government-supported hospitals in Indonesia have just enough time to make good health decisions for you and write them down. But they don’t have time to explain their decisions to you.

Alternatively, you can learn about your health condition by talking to other hospital staff, other patients and volunteers like Mona. Of course, if your condition is not a common one, you will have to ask a lot of people. The best place to do that is at the hospital.

Key information about surgeries and release from the hospital may be found on a dry erase board (papan tulis) in the nursing area. Information is also printed on the card at the foot of your bed. Maybe you can learn the name of your condition. You can also read the labels on the drugs sitting next to your bed.United Colours of Madua By searching for these names on the Internet, you can learn about your health condition.

Usually, the patients sharing a room at Fatmawati are supportive of each other. They cooperate and share information. If you can, you should become their friends. Maybe they can share their experience with you.

Pak Fadil (pictured in traditional Madura T-shirt) benefits from the association with other patients at RS Fatmawati. Before Friday prayers, the patients in his room were in a positive mood. Of course, some of them are very ill. They probably can not leave their beds to pray. But they can chat with each other and contemplate to keep their spirits up.

To the left of Pak Fadil is a  patient named Bashirlin. He has Buerger’s disease and will have to have amputations. He has been in the hospital two weeks now.

Pak Fadil’s hospital room companion on the right-hand side, next to the window, is an ustadz, or Muslim religious leader. He is friendly and receives lots of visitors.

Several of the conditions these patients are being treated for are caused or worsened by cigarette smoking. It’s not fun being in the hospital. But at least you can’t smoke here.