I was wrong.
I am surprised and satisfied with the care that I received at the hospital. The physician was thorough, knowledgeable, and did not treat me with the typical “oh, you’re bipolar” attitude that I’ve experienced and come to expect of late. For that, I am grateful.
I am also grateful for the high-dose prednisone, which does appear to be helping. I'm not out of the woods yet, but feel as though I've turned a corner.