posted on May, 6 2012 @ 11:07 PM
There is some kind of virus going around my town, in particular retirement homes. A friend of mine caught it from his mother. He went to the
emergency room as he was aggressively getting worse, this thing moves fast. Basic flu like symptoms, but nausea, high fever, you get the idea... I
guess this thing is pretty bad.
When he got to the hospital, he explained that he thought he caught it from his mom and the hospital staff asked where she lived. Once he told them,
they escorted him to an enclosed room (not a curtain - divided ward room as per usual). They made him wear a mask and turned the room ventilation
The doctor and staff who dealt with him also wore masks.
Kind of figure that much is protocol. ... but the situation gets curiouser after he leaves the hospital.
They gave him 6 prescriptions, I kid you not 6! The doctor asked him what pharmacy he goes to and then released my friend from the hospital,
explaining that it was important to start the medications right away and telling him to leave the mask on until he got home.
He got himself to the pharmacy and handed the prescriptions in, feeling like an idiot for having to wait around in the mask. The prescription was
ready in a few short minutes (a miracle to get out of there in less than a half hour usually...)
But here's the kicker~
He goes to the counter when his name was called, and starts to take his wallet out to pay for all of this and the cashier said: "No, sir. It's ok,
the hospital called. They're free." Needless to say he was astonished! He works hard but has no medical insurance so he has to pay for everything
he gets. The pharmacist took him aside to explain to him how to take the medications (usual for our pharmacy) Just as they finished, the pharmacist
said: "Be sure to start them as soon as you get home."
When he told me this, I was flabbergasted.. Why would they be free?