Not around here. Chest pains and/or prior history automatically get you to the front of the line.That's old school.
You know what they do now when you go into the ER with chest pains? THEY TELL YOU TO GO SIT IN THE FUCKING LOBBY!
I just got back from the ER... second time in 9 days, both times for chest pain. Today's visit was during active chest pains. I was leaning against the wall barely able to stand up because the pain was so bad. Clutching my chest. The lobby was FULL. The ONLY fucking medical evaluation that happened in the hour or so I was there, happened when I walked in the entrance and a machine took my temperature. After that, not a goddamned thing.
Maybe Grandpa Shit For Brains and the libturds should fire some more medical workers, eh? Seems to be working out really well.
I told my wife she should sue the living shit out of the hospital system if I die of a heart attack after all this. She's like, "how's that gonna work, when you keep walking out of the place?"
I said, "Good point, but at home at least I can hear the TV. And besides I don't see how sitting in a lobby full of sick people helps anything." She suggested that I'd be better off having a heart attack at the hospital than at home. I replied that I've either had 25 heart attacks in the past week and a half, or none.
So, what the fuck is a guy to do?
Now is not the time to get sick or injured, my bruthas!
And if you do, stay home and rub some dirt on it. Then send $200 to Mr Lucky.
I wonder if the ER would have been less crowded and you would have been seen sooner if the hospitals didn't have as many unvaccinated covid patients as they do
grasping at straws a little to desperately there ADI'm going to guess that at a hospital they occupy other places rather than simply the ER lobby.
Dude, you can't be serious. Your entire hospital has less beds than an average unit.
Keep at it!Third time is a charm. Third hospital.
The EMTs in the rescue squad laughed when I told them I went to Tri-Point Hospital Emergency Room with active chest pains, clutching my chest in agony, and they told me to go sit in the lobby. "Yeah, that sounds like Tri-Point!" more laughter...
Meanwhile, I have had at least one heart attack now, confirmed. Just got home after a few really fucked up days that felt like a few fucked up weeks. They can't get me in for a catheterization until Monday. I told them I can't really afford to hang out at the hospital for 6 or 7 days just because I happened to show up the day before a long holiday weekend. So, they sent me home with a fistful of prescriptions to fill and wished me luck. They said come back Monday morning for the catheterization, or sooner if I have chest pains.
One of the prescriptions is nitroglycerine sublingual powder. That's the most important one to have at hand. The two pharmacies my wife has called so far have said they don't have any in their network within 100 miles. Shit is fucked!
"Was" being the operative word here. Troponins rose and fell predictably.How did they confirm prior heart attack.....via echocardiogram?
I thought EKGs and blood work was negative?
Well, I think a LOT of people missed something somewhere, including my regular physician, who was too quick to rule out heart issues when the EKGs and blood levels came back normal. The doctor who treated me said that it sounds like I was having unstable angina for a couple weeks. He said I had not had a heart attack as of the time of the original blood draw on 11/15.I don't understand how this came to be, but sounds like someone missed something somewhere.
You getting cath'd on Monday (or early next week)?
Agreed the advice sounds solid. I already was not going to eat or drink after midnight. I am not real picky about who puts the IV in my arm, but if they give me a choice, I will ask for a black lady. I've had a lot of IVs and blood draws over the years, and the black women never miss! I had a white female rookie fuck up my left arm real good Wednesday morning out in my driveway trying to get an IV in. I've had that experience a few times... sucks!!VC, this sounds like solid advice....^
Have you found ANY kind of nitro yet?
Stick around fuckerWell, the know-it-alls might want to check the thread title. This was my concern all along. I went to THREE emergency rooms trying to get someone to look at this. TOLD 'EM ALL I WAS SUFFERING FROM EXTREME CHEST PAINS. Told anyone who would listen. Also went to my doctor's office. Also went to a hospital for blood work. I went to another hospital for imaging, and they imaged below my diaphragm instead of above it. Unfortunately, it was in the evening and when I asked the tech what the fuck, she couldn't reach my doctor, who ordered the imaging... and the doctor on staff at the hospital said to do it as-ordered, because the problem could be below the diaphragm. I had an upper endoscopy on the advice of my doctor. I begged them to slip me into their schedule earlier than they previously had me. They moved me up, and I went in and had the procedure.
I took it seriously, but I couldn't get anyone else to. Yeah, I could have been more proactive about it. But it's too late for that. I had a stress-filled night tonight, and it has been very bad, health-wise. Bad bad bad. I may go back in... Not sure I trust myself to wake up if I go to sleep.
I took it seriously, but I couldn't get anyone else to. Yeah,