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The Sunday from Hell

Monday, January 18, 2016

So, I wasn't feeling good yesterday or for 2 days before. My blood pressure reading was high and had been over 158 for the same time. When I saw 170/74 I decided I should see a doctor as the chronic heart failure class said. Being a victim of Kaiser Permamente, I headed for the ER on public transportation, leaving my place about 7:45 AM.
I walked to the trolley stop near my house, arriving at the stop near Zion Ave hospital about 8:15 the waiting bus was going the wrong direction, the sole taxi picked up a man before I could get close enough to yell. I tried to call Yellow Cab but they couldn't find the trolley stop without a street number and street name. So I waited for 30 minutes on the granite bench--inviting in August, not so much so in January. Froze my piles.

Finally arrived at the Emergency room around 9:00 and was kept waiting only a relatively short time. Nurses took my vitals, drew blood for tests, I peed in a cup. The usual. Nurses Amy and Margie were very nice. Around 10:30 the doctor sent in 3 tylenol (hadn't seen him yet) which I took because I had a headache along with fatigue, hot flashes, feeling light headed and slight nausea. Around 11:15 the doctor rolled in, told me that I should lose weight and that the lab results were all okay. Diet advice was not what I expected at the emergency room, but Dr Craig Morelan was full of it (take that any way you want.) As he left the room, he said I should eat something and I replied that I had brought a banana from home (low sodium, fresh fruit--good stuff!) Morelan said, "That's not nutrition." So I agreed to a sandwich. I got 1 slice high salt cold cut, 1 piece high salt processed American cheese, 1/4 wilted lettuce leafe and 2 pieces of bread. I do not fault the food served in the Kaiser Permanente emergency room--I did not expect to be served any food there.

I don't know what I expected, but I certainly got something different. A $75 co-pay was a fairly cheap price in the school of hard knocks. I just didn't expect it when I thought I was following the advice medical specialists had given me previously.
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  • EFFIEANNIE
    Hospitals seem to lag way behind on providing healthy food in their cafeterias and for patients.
    1780 days ago
  • LYNDALOVES2HIKE
    Yikes, what an experience!! Sorry!

    Reminds me of the time I had surgery and got 'busted' over having my vitamins with me. They are 'not allowed' in the hospital, as it turns out, so they acted a little like I had brought in heroin or something. I complained that I needed some vitamins and the doctor told me I was getting plenty in my hospital meals. I had just gotten my meal delivery and on my plate were some grey peas [probably intended to be GREEN peas but they were canned and overcooked so they had turned grey], mashed potatoes, white bread dinner roll, some sort of meat with gravy and a little dish of jello. He waved his hand over my plate and said, 'See, nutritious meals!' I asked where the Vitamin C was on this plate and he pointed to the jello, insisting that had all the vitamin C I needed to take. My next move was to check out of the hospital - sometimes the doctors have really odd ideas about nutrition!

    Sorry you had to go through this and hope you feel better SOON!


    1781 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    What a jerk of a dr!!!!! Hope you feel better by now!!!
    1781 days ago
  • ADARKARA
    uh, wow. a banana was way better than that awful sandwich. and what a jerk doctor! I hope you feel better soon.
    1781 days ago
  • NILLAPEPSI
    I am so sorry!! I am not a fan of that insurance company at all. Might be time to change up your insurance the next open season.
    1781 days ago
  • JOHNMARTINMILES
    Methinks the doctor's plan was to keep ypou waiting until you got better all by yourself! LOL

    Feel better!

    Make today the greatest day of your lifeā€¦..
    emoticon Until tomorrow!

    1782 days ago
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