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.