Around here, the nurses in the ER come at you with a needle not telling you what's in it. They hate nothing more than someone with lupus in their ER. After all, we with chroinic illnesses should never have to go to the ER, since we have regular docs to go to. They come at me with benedryl and antiemetics and don't even tell me what they are giving me and why. I've complained and requested stuff fromthe state medical board and can't get a complaint form from the GA med board. Its really bad down here. They are not only ignorant but incompetent. And it's sad, but that hospital won the Best Small Hospital in GA. They nearly killed me. Didn't even ask my medical history and their computer system is so lame they can't pull it up from previous visits.
I'm scared to death to go to an ER around here. I need to get together with the lupus support group here and we need to protest. So many of us have been ill treated and pushed away. Around here, malpractice or doing nothing is the norm, not the exception. And because of small town politics, its impossible to do anything.
I haven't found fla to be any better. Mayo is okay, but some docs there aren't really on the ball. It depends on who you get. Luckily I'm medicare. They wouldn't even let me stay 24 hours after neck surgery, but then I was so happy to get out of that nightmare hospital. Be careful too because I got no post surgical pain meds for five hours because the junkie nurse injected them all. Spinal surgery with no pain meds was horrible. My mother just about freaked out really bad. Even after that, I had to watch them and the stuff was watered down. The nurse had tracks all over her hands. I complained to the floor nurse, but she didn't believe me and finally got me two percocets, which were stronger than the several morphine shots that I was supposedly given.
It's sad so many people need jobs and this is what we have in hospitals. And its impossible to litigate and make them responsible anymore. No wonder the good nurses left.
--Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. Bill Watterson (1958-) cartoonist "Calvin and Hobbes"
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn