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  •  happened to me (5+ / 0-)
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    For the rest, many with serious conditions, the wait ranged from 15 minutes to 17 hours.

    A couple of years ago, I had appendicitis.  Went to the ER.  Waited.  Waited some more.  Finally, the pain got so intense that I couldn't sit in a chair anymore and had to lie down on the floor.  At that point, they decided that perhaps they ought to examine me and do a few diagnostic tests.

    And this was in a well-to-do semi-suburban ER that wasn't even that crowded. I don't recall a major trauma case arriving while I was waiting (of course, I wasn't paying real close attention).

    Oh yeah, because they had waited so long before seeing me, the shift changed, and I ended up having surgery over 7 hours after I came in.  And because they had waited so long and my appendix apparently was near to bursting, the doc decided that laproscopic surgery "wasn't appropriate," so now I have a nice 5" scar.  Good thing I don't wear bikinis.

    ERs are the way to go for routine medical care.  Yeah, right you are Dumbya.

    •  The last time I went to an ER. . . (0+ / 0-)

      . . . I was on a business trip to Pawtucket, RI, and I started having complications from the miscarriage I'd had a couple of weeks earlier.

      If I'd been at home, I most likely could have gotten in to see my doctor (or another at his clinic) inside of 2 hours, though it's possibly they might have chosen to send me to a hospital. In the end the treatment I needed was fairly minor.

      As it was, I had to wait 7 hours, during which time they did occasionally check to make sure I wasn't losing too much blood, or passing out. And I marvelled at the patience of the poor guy sitting across the hall from me with a nail stuck in his eye from a construction-site accident. He had to wait at least 2 hours, and then I think they had to send him somewhere else, because they couldn't get anyone in who was qualified to deal with it.

      So, yeah - the ER is no place to be, if you can possibly help it.

      What would Gandhi do? "The cause of liberty becomes a mockery if the price to be paid is the wholesale destruction of those who are to enjoy liberty."

      by Robespierrette on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 02:12:08 PM PDT

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