They put the SLOW in the word Emergency Room

Oh wait, their is no slow in the word emergency, or room for that matter! I always associated EMERGENCY with the need to move quickly, to get things done, to take care of the problem. Apparently that’s not what Emergency means when your in an Emergency room.

Last night Cake had an asthma attack and as the vicks and head steaming didn’t fix her up we took her to the ER. I’ve always been really happy with the hospital that we go to, until last night. Breathing being necessary to life I somehow figured that they would take care of us stat!

I’m not sure why 20 minuets worth of care takes three and a half hours to be given. Cake got a breathing treatment after the first hour of being there. They wanted to do a chest x-ray and that took another hour and a half to happen. Then for the doc to read it and come back and tell us it was fine and to send the nurse to check us out took yet another hour.

And it’s not like it was a hoppin’ night at the ER. Of the four rooms I could see, ours was the only one occupied. I spent much of my time listening to the nurses chat. One male nurse was sitting on the computer across from our room looking up other job opportunity’s.

I don’t think it’s just that ER either. All my, albeit limited, ER experience has lead me to believe that the only ER’s that get you taken care of in a hurry are on TV. Am I wrong? What have your ER experience been like?

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3 thoughts on “They put the SLOW in the word Emergency Room

  1. Mom April 30, 2008 at 8:35 pm Reply

    After some thought – given that it has been a couple of weeks – Elena may have had the right idea. She simply stood, first in the ER and then in her hospital room, and screamed at the top of her little lungs for several hours on end, as in ‘without stopping’, ‘unabated’, ‘hardly-even-paused-for-breath’, ‘blast-your-eardrums-out’. It did get the attention of every nurse and every doctor on a regular basis. She had people popping in and out of that room like jack-in-the-boxes. They seemed to whip through her tests with a speed never seen in hospital before. At the time, I just assumed it was Primary Children’s and they were really on their toes. On second thought, there may have been method to her madness… (oooh, and she was really mad).

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  2. Lorie April 30, 2008 at 9:49 pm Reply

    Oh no! Poor Cake! I hope she is feeling better today! It is so SO scary when they can’t breathe!

    And if you went to the ER that is closest to you then oh do we have stories to share!!

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  3. Camille May 7, 2008 at 11:11 am Reply

    I have been to the ER my fair share and most of it in another Country. (Universal Health Care is SCARY!) But from my experience stateside and talking to others, it depends on the Hospital. Newer Hospitals seem to have better service as if they are trying to prove how important they are. But I do have to agree with MOM up above, Primary’s is great, whether you have a screaming child or not.

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