When I first started working in ER I was the only ER nurse on duty on my 3-11PM shift; I was also the House Supervisor and had to leave the ER to provide coverage for breaks in the ICU, back up OB during deliveries and cover staffing for all of the acute care departments. My ER Dr. was located at the clinic behind us until the clinic closed and than He/She went home if they lived within the city limits............our city is 14,000 population with 2 major highways going through town.
If an ER patient presented to the ER, I would have to call the clinic and ask for the Dr. - bless the person on the other end of the line when they said "may I put you on hold?" I always responded with "This is the ER and no I cannot be put on hold, I need the Dr. now."
Eventually we staffed the ER 24/7 with a ER Physician and an ER Nurse. Now they have 3 nurses on each shift and a Physician in the ER.......not out roaming around doing anything else.
Our ER Dr. is still the one to respond to all codes in the building but things have changed for the better.
I so agree with you, making assumptions re your heart and health is dangerous. My hubby is scheduled to see his "Cardiologist" again the first of May and they will discuss the EPS. This is something my hubby needs to know all the pros and cons. I find it a shame when patients don't understand that every procedure does not always turn out successful.
A couple of weeks ago an acquaintance of ours was working in the barn when he developed chest pain and lightheadedness ~ so he laid down on the ground to rest. You got it, he was having a heart attack. His sister happened to call him and he answer his phone and told her what was going on - She told him to get right to the ER. His wife was right in the house and had not a clue what was going on......................
Your cardiologist appears to be to busy; is his patient load that heavy? It makes me feel good to know you are your own best advocate.
Here is another article you may like: "The Courage to be Present"
Thinking of you and remember to keep talking with us............support is extremely important.
and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. "She Stood in the Storm & When the Wind Did Not Blow Her Away, She Adjusted Her Sails."