Monday, June 21, 2010
Eight Things You Learn at the local ER
First - I learned that it doesn't matter the size of the ER that you go to - even if it is an auxiliary wing of the hospital - you will still have to wait a ridiculously long time to be called back to be seen by the nurse and then have to wait forever for them to do everything to you that they need to do.
Second - A hospital gown is a highly functional garment. It mixes well with all sorts of pieces and even went well with my skinny black pants and heels.
Third - If you burst into tears when the tech tells you he's going to put an IV into you, you might escape having to have an IV put into you.
Fourth - When you wear a claddagh ring and you are single and the tech asks you about it, you have to admit that no, you are not currently in love.
Fifth - When the physician's assistant asks you what your stress level is, you look at him and laugh. "Typical high American stress?" "Uh, yeah, exactly."
Sixth - When the nurse walks in with a cup of a Mylanta/Maalax concoction and asks you, "You know when you take a shot?" as a way to explain how to take it, you have to admit that "Actually, no, I haven't". Which is true - I'm not one to really take shots.
Seventh - When the techs and nurses leave you in the room by yourself for a long time, your imagination starts to run wild and you imagine yourself in a "ER" or "Grey's Anatomy" episode as one of those dumb patients that comes in with seemingly innocuous symptoms that turns out to be something major and if any of the techs, nurses, and doctors have wildly dramatic lives like the characters on those shows.
Eighth - It's not the prick or the drawing of blood that hurts the most. It's after they take the needle out that your hand hurts like a mofo. But then you take off the bandage a couple of hours later expecting to see a huge gaping hole that is still bleeding, and realize that the prick in your epidural layer is so minuscule you would need a microscope to actually see it and feel very foolish.
Everything ended up absolutely fine - they diagnosed me with heartburn/acid reflux, which is what I thought it was. All is well.