Emergency room or Zombie land
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
15 people like this
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
• 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.