Posted 2/11/2011 8:16 AM (GMT -6)
Super sick, no solids for six days, sinus infection, pain meds not even touching the surface; when I could stand no more I headed for the ER. Now, I loathe the ER, have had many not so great experiences and the wait, oh, the wait. I knew I was in trouble when I was tenth in line to get checked in. Long story short I waited four hours in a waiting room full of people, talking, laughing, working on their computers, kids running around, loud TV--it looked more like a community center than a ER room. I begged, begged a nurse to help me, please look at my record and was told that I would have at least another two hour wait on top of the two I already had. I held out as long as I could but just walked out because I needed to go lay down I was so weak. I've been home on the couch, up all night in extreme pain, barely holding on. A good friend is coming over at seven to take me to my pain MD, I called an advice nurse last night and she put me in for an eight a.m. appt (at least someone helped).
The most amazing aspect of this story is that I was checked in, signed a treatment form, vitals were taken (all very abnormal for me, pulse 133!, I reported tightness in chest, and more). When I left I didn't tell anyone b/c I was so sick and disgusted, I wonder if any one ever wondered where I went? They had my cell # and I was--silly me--thinking someone might call to see if I was alright, but no, that would be asking just a little too much in the middle of a health crisis. BTW I have "excellent" health care coverage considered by most.