Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I'm not an addict

Remember that song?...K's Choice?

So last night I took my roommates to the ER. The one roomate was at a party on Monday with people she didn't really know, got a drink, left to go to the bathroom, came back, drank it, blacked out and fell to the ground in an unconcious state, hit her head really hard. Had been blacking out all day. Instacare wouldn't take us. Seriously. So there we were, for two and a half hours, sitting in the ER, waiting for results from the CATscan, nurse comes back, writes her a prescription for Ibuprofen. Now I'm not big on drugs, but two and a half hours and all she got was some lousy ibuprofen? So she says how much pain she is in and that she's a waitress and will be on her feet all the next day and isn't there something stronger? Nurse looks at all three of us and says, "We don't give out narcotics here". What, did we look like druggies? You never can tell I'm sure, but roommate was in serious pain, blacking out, massive welt on her head and down her back. A little percasette or Lortab would've gone a long way at this point. "Do you want me to get the physician?" she asks. Yes. So twenty minutes later, and after the lady across the hall started violently vomiting right in front of us, physician comes in and says, "We don't give out narcotics here". Nurse: "See, no narcotics here". Yes, we are now well assured that the hospital doesn't believe in drugs, other than over-the-counter ones like ibuprofen that we didn't need to waste two and a half hours in the ER for in the first place.

Whoever says Universal Healthcare would break us doesn't know the current system is already broken.

13 comments:

Steve said...

Uhm, so if I get surgery there, I'll only get some Advil? Dang! What is the point of the ER if you can just go to the Rite Aid?!?!

B. said...

K's Choice

B. said...

Instacare wouldn't take you? I go to instacare all the time! I don't even have a regular doctor.

SJ said...

K's Choice? Ya, Instacare said she needed a CATscan and they couldn't do that there, only the ER. So my question is if she "needed" a CATscan why didn't she need stronger drugs? Seems hospital just "needed" the money but didn't want to be liable in a lawsuit in case we were users. They thought of themselves, not the patient. Something the right national healthcare plan would solve.

dan the man said...

Sorry to be a hater but...

Maybe the wait wouldnt be so long if people with a bump on their head would stay the f*uck out of ERs and instacares.

Try sleeping it off and not going to sketchy parties.

Hey I stumbled on this blog after googling the human project... nice name.

I like eating some vicodin on a good buzz but hey,
some times the truth hurts

SJ said...

Actually the ER wasn't very busy that night. There were at least 5 nurses sitting on their butts and only two other people besides us.

Sherpa said...

Dude-how did they know she just had a bump on her head. Seriously, stop the hating.

mj said...

I guess urgent care is not that stocked with equipment. When I went to one in Florida during my wicked vertigo episode (on my honeymoon, boo hoo), they did look at me but then sent me to the ER so I could get "tests" (so you probably saved time, actually). Mostly the people in the ER just said "that really sucks" several times and took some blood while I waited around in my hospital gown and tried not to fall down or anything. I walked out of there with a couple of printed out pieces of paper about exercises I could try at home. The whole experience kind of sucked since I didn't want to be wasting a day of my honeymoon in the hospital, but I couldn't really blame them as sometimes "peace of mind" is the best you can do. And it did feel nice to know I didn't have a brain tumor. I hope she has good insurance.

Good memory on K's Choice; I knew it wasn't Jane's addiction cuz that song was sung by a female.

mj said...

wait, you were saying she was drugged, right? did anyone call the cops?

SJ said...

Ah, K's Choice...

No one called the cops. Hospital didn't even really question it. My roommate has no idea who would have done it or if that's even what happened. All she remembers is drinking her drink and then blacking out. She told me she has a foggy memory of some guy offering to take her home but the friend she was with said no and took her home instead. She wouldn't be able to identify the guy or anyone else at the party but her friend. But that is scary.

$teve said...

That's a horrible story. That's why I stick with the witch doctor...even when they took away his right to slaughter chickens for medicinal purposes.

By the way, would it be cool to get an invite to your SJ in the City blog? If not, that's cool. It's your blog. :)

SJ said...

Oh Steve, that part of my life is way too complicated. In a way it's nice I don't know you. Everyone I know seems to have an opinion on my relationship, or dating life, etc, etc...usually not the one I want to hear or the one that ends up happily ever after. So for now that blog is just for me.

$teve said...

That's cool. Best of luck in your journey.