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‘Tired of Being Treated Non Human’: TLC Alum T-Boz Recounts Frustrating Experience with First Responders

Singer Tionne ‘T-Boz ‘Watkins was not pleased with her recent experience with first responders. Although the TLC alum didn’t provide any details as to what prompted her to need medical attention in the first place, the series of posts launched on Twitter provided seemingly enough detail to suggest that things didn’t pan out as smoothly as the 50-year-old would’ve expected.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, T-Boz expressed her frustration for medical personnel who didn’t take their jobs seriously when it comes to people facing health issues. 

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“I AM TIRED OF THESE SORRY ASS SO ALLED1ST RESPONDERS WHO REALLY DON’T HV A PASSION 4 THEIR JOB OR PEOPLE!” the singer wrote. “PLAYING THE U NEED ME POSITION! HAVING ATTITUDES & NOT DOING THE JOB YOU CHOSE AS A CAREER! I SWEAR THEY GOT ONE MORE TIME & IM SLAPPING THE SHIT OUT SOMEBODY.”

A fellow Twitter user echoed T-Boz’s sentiments, saying, “Them and some of these doctors will blatantly show you how much they couldn’t care less about you or your life.” They added, “I see it all too often.”

The “No Scrubs” singer replied, saying, “Yes all to offer more than your shown they care now THATS what’s sad and they automatically treat you like your uneducated and assume you have no knowledge.”

The Grammy Award winner did, however, take the time out to praise those who fulfilled their duties with empathy and consideration for their patients, writing, “THANK U FOR THE TRUE 1ST RESPONDERS WHO TRULY LOVE THEIR JOB & PEOPLE RISKING IT ALL TO SAVE LIVES…” She added, “WHILE STILL BEING THOROUGH & COMPASSIONATE & TREATING US LIKE HUMANS.”

T-Boz seemingly ended her rant with a warning to medical professionals, saying, “BCUZ IMMA TELL THE NEXT B—H IF U DINT LIKE YOUR JOB I CAN HELP UOU NOT COME BACK OR LIMP BACK TO WORK TOMM🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️.”

When an internet user informed her that she could file a complaint about those she found poorly doing their job or mistreating patients, T-Boz admitted she knew but was just “venting and kinda wishing.” She added, “If some of these folks get dogwalked to their car maybe it’ll help give them an attitude adjustment.”

She released another tweet saying, “So just venting but we patients are getting tired of being treated non human.”

Although T-Boz didn’t mention a specific medical issue, the star does suffer from sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder that affects your red blood cells, causing them to be misshaped or break down. She was diagnosed when she was seven years old. 

During an interview with People in September 2017, she spoke candidly about her disorder and how it has affected her life and career. “I have to worry about it every day of my life,” she said at the time. “You can be in so much pain you get delirious.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 13 Black or African-American babies is born with sickle cell trait. 

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