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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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    Hospitals seem to lag way behind on providing healthy food in their cafeterias and for patients.
    1780 days ago
    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
    What a jerk of a dr!!!!! Hope you feel better by now!!!
    1781 days ago
    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
    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
    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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