Emergency room or Zombie land

Canada
February 3, 2016 10:04pm CST
It was Sunday night and I was just settling down on my recliner for a night of TV watching and blogging when I got the call. It was my mother and she had tripped and fallen just outside her door. A neighbor heard and helped her into her apartment.So me and hubby raced down there and you could tell at first sight she had broken her arm. Thus began a 7 hour long night in the emergency room. It seemed like everyone was moving in slow motion including the lone doctor in the emergency. It felt more like zombie land than an emergency room. First they wheeled my mom away down a long quiet corridor for an Xray which took minutes but it took 2 hours before she was put in a room to see a doctor. Then another 2 hours waiting to see a doctor, then another 3 hours with more waiting: freezing to adjust the broken bone, wait, the adjustment, wait, a partial cast, wait, another Xray, wait, full cast, wait, instructions, home! We got her home at 5 AM, we got home at 5:30 AM about the time hubby would usually get ready for work. He called in that he would be late and grabbed a few hours sleep. We have a "wonderful" health care system in Canada just so long as you don't need to go to the emergency room. Nothing like the TV versions of emergency rooms. How is it in your neck of the woods? Image is mine
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@SIMPLYD (78758)
• Philippines
4 Feb 16
Could it be slow because it is a Sunday and most doctors are on rest day and it's just the resident doctor who is around ?
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• Canada
4 Feb 16
Could be but our emergency rooms do have a reputation for long wait times.
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@SIMPLYD (78758)
• Philippines
5 Feb 16
@Freelanzer Is it a public hospital ?. Here public hospital can really be so slow also in attending to patients .
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• Canada
6 Feb 16
@SIMPLYD All our hospitals are public, there are no private hospitals allowed
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@jaboUK (53539)
• United Kingdom
4 Feb 16
That seems like terrible service, I gather they were short staffed. Sorry about your poor mom.
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• Canada
4 Feb 16
We have had this problem like forever and with every new government they promise to make it better but it never happens
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@marlina (72858)
• Canada
4 Feb 16
So sorry to hear about your Mom's broken arm. I hope that she is not suffering too much. I once waited 7 hours in the ER (in Ontario, Canada)
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• Canada
4 Feb 16
At least it is seems like it happens everywhere so not sure why they call it "emergency"
@cacay1 (32757)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
4 Feb 16
Very accurate workers and services.In our place, money down before patient to be attended to.
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• Canada
4 Feb 16
We don't have to pay for the service and that may be the crux of the problem
@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Feb 16
This would have been SUCH a long night. Sometimes there doesn't seem to be much 'emergency' about an emergency unit.
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• Canada
4 Feb 16
True. Just the attitude of the staff was so laid back you didn't feel like you were in an emergency room
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@ridingbet (50338)
• Philippines
17 Mar 16
so, it is life imitating art at the ER in Canada. How are you?
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• Canada
18 Mar 16
It was my mother and she is better now.
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@ridingbet (50338)
• Philippines
19 Mar 16
@Freelanzer that is good. I hope she gets better, my friend
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@celticeagle (117919)
• Boise, Idaho
4 Feb 16
The Emergency Room is something. Takes forever. I hope that means that when we finally get into a room that we are well taken care of.
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• Canada
4 Feb 16
Usually after all the time you wait you do get good treatment
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@celticeagle (117919)
• Boise, Idaho
4 Feb 16
@Freelanzer ....That is good.
@TRBRocks420 (75874)
• Banks, Oregon
4 Feb 16
Emergency rooms are about the same here. Sorry to hear about your Mom's broken arm.
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• Canada
4 Feb 16
Thank you. At her age she actually handled it quite well
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@TRBRocks420 (75874)
• Banks, Oregon
5 Feb 16
@Freelanzer You're welcome and, I have had one, it's extremely painful.
• Rochester, New York
9 May 16
The last time I was in the emergency room I was laying on a bed in a hallway for 4 hours before I was admitted. It took them another hour to find a room for me. While waiting I began to freak out because all of the fire alarms went off and firemen ran past my bed. I was ready to go home asap.
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• Canada
13 May 16
What an experience. I have been tempted to walk out also many times
@Marcyaz (35693)
• United States
4 Feb 16
Seems like you had to wait way to long to see a doctor but of course the emergency nurses are great. Sorry your mom had such a fall and you and hubby had to rush to her side. I've been lucky when I have had to go to the emergency room it has been pretty quick.
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• Canada
4 Feb 16
No such thing as "quick" here in emergency rooms.
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@nanette64 (17509)
• Fairfield, Texas
4 Feb 16
I'm just glad it wasn't worse than the broken arm @Freelanzer . But yeah, waiting in ER's can be a pain in the 'you know what'.
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• Canada
4 Feb 16
Yes we are happy about that, she broke the fall with her hand so that was the only injury
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@Platespinner (16507)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
4 Feb 16
Back in the late 80s I broke my leg and required surgery. I spent two weeks in a hospital in Texas. A year and a half later I spent 3 days in a hospital in Ontario, Canada to have surgery to remove the steel rod that had been part of the repair. The difference in hospitals was night and day, and from my experiences in the years since then the same continues to hold true. However, Emergency room visits tend to be long and agonizing no mater where you go.
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• Canada
4 Feb 16
Emergency rooms here always have a long wait time and lives have been lost waiting to see a doctor
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@Hatley (164670)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Feb 16
actuall y its not qui te that bad here i n S outhern Califo rna but they e are sl w at times. here injuries and non stop bleeding are given priority over others thingsa and when I was dignosed with bleeding divertcu ltis I was ho pital ized in fi e ho urs.s o its not great thats for sure
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• Canada
4 Feb 16
I guess they do make a determination about which case is more serious. I just think they need more staff.
@paigea (22011)
• Canada
15 Feb 16
That can happen at the emergency room here too. And then other times it is not so bad. Just depends on what they are dealing with at the particular time.
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@fishtiger58 (30344)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Feb 16
Just about like that, it seems to be the way of emergency rooms for some odd reason.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
8 Feb 16
That is why I hate emergency rooms and refuse to go because it takes them so long to diagnose and treat you. The last time I went was when I was really dehydrated and they found out I was in kidney failure so I had to be admitted. I didn't get to a room until around 5am the next morning and we arrived at the ER at 8pm the night before.