posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 09:23 PM
Just wondered if people across the nation are having a similar experience.
Oh, I got sick yesterday--thought I was gonna die from chest pain.
Called the hospital Advice Line. Nurse asked me what I had done for my discomfort. I told her, and I gave her my blood pressure reading, which was off
the chart [I have my own cuff].
She said: "You better head on over to Emergency," -- some 50 miles away.
Okay, so I drive for an hour and a half and I find the hospital ER, stand in line for an hour to check in with my insurance info and computer data.
And then I sit up in the ER waiting room until nine o'clock this morning--watching four helicopters, assorted ambulances etc cut in in front of
So, what did I do? What else? Made friends. It was like a disaster scene. We all just began talking and sharing and spent the whole night prompting
each other for coffee or potty breaks or whatever--until 9am this morning.
But--what kind of "Health Care" is this? My local doctor's answering machine was inoperative before 5pm on Friday. Nobody was in his office. I had
no other option but to drive the fifty miles. The place was a madhouse; but after all, it was Friday night, right?
But the kicker is this: when I left at nine am this morning, I had never seen a doctor. They were all still busy; and my dogs hadn't been let out
nor attended to for more than twelve hours. Besides, the pain subsided.
What kind of Health Care system is this? Does your town or city have anything better?
I'm not saying where I went. I don't want to embarrass those poor people.
So, I'm going to bed and get some sleep. Seeya tomorrow.
: ) Em