Daily Remarks

Emergency Room Issues

Jan
20

Last night I took my wife to the emergency room at 10:30 at night for a severe migraine. We checked in at 10:30 with the front desk which is behind glass. You need to pickup a phone to talk to someone. Kinda feels like one of those prison movies. It took until 1:00am for the emergency room to get my wife into a bed and another hour for her to be seen by a Doctor. The Doctor prescribed some morphine and some nausea medicine as well as intravenous liquids. My wife fell asleep shortly after getting the morphine and she woke up 2 hours later. We were expecting the Doctor to come back and check on her, but it took until 6:00am for the Doctor to come back. We were checked out at 7:30am. So the whole process took 9 hours. Most of the time was spent waiting. They said they were very busy last night, but the waiting room had at most 10 people waiting. It just didn’t seem to be very organized. There must be a way to streamline the process. I ended up staying awake all night and I am working on no sleep for the past 28 hours so I am a bit cranky. I understand that the emergency room people are abused by people and they are overworked and under funded. The bed my wife was put in was built in 1996. I had plenty of time to do nothing so I noticed little things like that. I recommend using an ambulance if you can afford it to get in quicker. If you walk in you have to wait behind the glass which is what we did. I know these things can’t be planned, but the process is very painful. What have your experiences been like?