On Friday, I ended up in the Emergency room a place that I hardly ever go too because when you have a chronic illness you get treated quite differently. Although let me back up a second, I went to the ER because I was having pain, but not just any kind of pain, this was severe stabbing in my lower abdomen followed by cramping. I was bent over and could barely stand up straight, that is when I called the doctors office and guess what the nurse told me?? You got it! “You need to get to the ER immediately, there is something going on and you need to be checked out,” I swear they all say this when they don’t want to deal with you having to come in and figure things out.
So my husband and I got in the car and drove to the nearest hospital to us, I got there and started to feel sicker than I did because again when you have several chronic illnesses you are treated very differently at the ER. By this time you are probably asking yourself, “What does she mean by this?” Well.. first when you get to the registration desk and tell them that you are on blood thinners, you are having pain and such and such is going on. They normally look at you like you are either a frequent flyer.. (they see you here too much), or that you are just here seeking drugs. Which in my case is never what I want, I just want a solution to the problems I have going on and most importantly I go to the ER for answers. I am sure we all hate the ER and what it entails for every one of us, and we all avoid it like the plague.
Although this time around it wasn’t like that at all, this never happens, I truly mean it when I say every time I go to the hospital I get treated like crap. The doctor comes in and does what he needs to do, then as soon as they cannot find out what is wrong, or how to even help you. They come through the door and sit down and tell you “there isn’t much more we can do, and you having a chronic illness there is no helping you.” We all know the drill, we have all probably heard and seen this same song and dance before. I think we are always just hoping that one doctor or someone would actually listen to us.
I was so happy when I got a doctor and nurses that actually cared and listened to everything I was going through, they were all incredible. They showed empathy, they tried to help me with the pain I was in, did tests and even tried to get the specialist there but my primary doctor and my normal specialists told them to just send me home because all the lab work looked good. So I went back to square one suffering in pain and back home in the same place. I do not have anything against doctors and the emergency room, but I do have something against your own doctors not even giving you the time of day to help you go through what you are going through. When your own doctor won’t listen to you, there isn’t much the emergency doctors can do about it either.. This is when you have to speak up! Let them know you are not leaving until you get some answers. They will then firmly listen to you, and most of the time they will do their very best to try and help you. Sometimes we just have to understand that it is out of their hands and as much as they would like to help, there aren’t very many options for them either.
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