Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Last Tuesday of 2008

Well, here we are....winding down yet another year. It seems like the older I get, the faster the years pass. Is it me or does that happen to everyone? I can say that this has been a pretty good year for us. We had several family vacations, paid off some of our debt, added a new front porch and carport to the house and aquired Bunni, our Mini Daschund/Jack Russel/thinks she's a human dog. I've been to the ER twice with Mom, once in April and once this past weekend. I have to say, I really hate hospital ER's. Now for those who know me, you know I don't like to use the word hate because it is such a strong word, but I HATE, HATE, HATE the ER at Wellstar Douglas Hospital.

Not only did they mis-diagnose my Mother's illness this past weekend, it seemed to me like they didn't care at all that they had an 81 year old patient who came in by ambulance, NOT wheelchair like it sated on her discharge papers and they said she possibly had an inner ear infection.....WHAT! The doctor, and I use that term loosely, that examined her didn't look in her ears, nose or throat, ENT for those who are medically prosed.

In fact, all he did was poke her on her stomach a few times, asked her to follow his finger, God only knows where that had been, ordered a CT scan that showed that her brain is shrinking - a common occurance with Geriatric patients, and bloodwork....none of which could accurately diagnose a Urinary Tract Infection which is what she has. Come on people...I know it was the Saturyday after Christmas and all of the dregs and druggies were in the ER seeking a quick fix from the revolving door "free" clinic that ER's have seem to become, but it's pretty sad when the Police escorted young woman brought in for a drug a test, who was so stoned she could barely walk and the whites of her eyes were red, gets quicker attention than the little grey haired lady in the room next to her who has been patiently waiting for 5 1/2 hours, has medical insurance that will pay for her visit and had to walk out of the hospital without the aid of the wheelchair they blantently stated she came in with....they haven't heard the last from me!

1 comment:

Ann said...

Today is Happy Daffodil Day. It is to raise the awareness of cancer. Cancer is such a fearful disease.


I hope I taught my students about cancer and they in turn will tell their family.