Tales of a very strange Texan girl named Bo who was blown by a tornado to a new home in the vast conglomerate of suburbs just outside the Emerald City---and who now precariously navigates The Yellowbrick Road...
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Sorry for my absence. I had a physical issue and had to go to the hospital. One word of advice---if you're ever sick, make the hospital the LAST FRIGGING PLACE you go. (Let me get situated and I'll explain.)
Hope you are OK.
Thank you, Anonymous! I feel better now that I'm in my own home. You know, for all of America's blustering about their "great healthcare", it's actually CRAP. (Apologies for venting and my language but I've got so many complaints about that hospital that I can't count them....)
Sorry you were sick enough to be admitted to hospital.As a nurse, for the past 31 years, I can vouch for the decline in health care...and I'm in Canada.
Thank you, Terri!
So sorry you had a health issue and bad hospital experience, Bo. And you being a nurse - it must have felt like a personal insult. Hope all is OK now.
Me - I had my first ambulance ride a couple weeks ago (I'm 68 yrs old)and a 3-hour visit to the emerg rm. I had a nosebleed that wouldn't quit, so, after 45 minutes, I finally called 911. Five gorgeous fire fighters responded. The ER nurse put a clamp on my nose, and it eventually stopped. Scary!
Linda: I'm sorry you had to go to the ER---and I'm glad you're better. (And you're right--there's something about those big firefighters and paramedics that is VERY attractive!) As for me, I'm calling the hospital today to have a "come to Jesus" talk with their patient advocate's office. For example, my head CT came back with a description of somebody's abdominal CT. The nurse and I laughed and said: "Oh, THAT's what's wrong wit me---I've got a common bile duct in my head!" There were a million other things that showed substandard care---and this was supposed to be the premier hospital of the area. But whoever I talk to will KNOW that they'e been talked to.
I am glad you are out of there. I am also an RN. I have worked in both Canadian and American hospitals. Setting aside the debate between single payer/universal health care and profit-driven, insurance company controlled health care .. all hospitals are horrendous places. Have you read the book "Sheer Buffoonery" by Nurse X? I highly recommend it .. but only if your blood pressure is stable.
Thank you, Anonymous. And I think I'll read that book!
Oh, and I put in a call to the Admin. Dept. of the hospital and I plan to burn their ears out with a complaint.
Bo, PLEASE keep us informed as to what the admin responses are to your complaints. They will probably try to brush you off, but knowing you as we do, I'm sure you will keep going until someone REALLY listens. (Try not to lose your temper, though. The old cliche says you catch more flies with honey than vinegsr. LOL)
Hi Linda! I did get ahold of someone in the higher-up Administration and I expressed my concerns in a polite manner. (I told her I knew it wasn't her fault personally.) She said she would investigate the matter. Who knows if she will--but at least my complaints were heard.
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