And now I just need to vent.
#1 - Do NOT, under ANY circumstance, go to the emergency room if you have an ACTUAL emergency. You might actually die before you can be seen. Not kidding.
(I am very thankful we were not there for an actual emergency.)
#2 - If you were to randomly walk into an ER waiting room, you might venture to guess that you are in a hospital of the "mental" variety.
(Though we were at the BEST hospital in our entire state, I seriously walked outside TWICE to check the sign to make sure I hadn't somehow ventured into the mental wing.)
#3 - Emergency room staff members -- particularly those at the front desk and the triage nurses -- need a pay raise.
(I used to think teaching was the most underpaid profession. Nope. Emergency room employees are definitely the most underpaid individuals on the planet. I have no idea how much they get paid .... but I guarantee you, it's not enough.)
#4 - Many people who come to the emergency room have failed to bathe for the past ....... ummmm, I'd say ....... 6+ weeks.
(I do not understand this phenomenon.)
#5 - There are approximately 16 bottles of hand sanitizer strategically placed throughout an ER waiting room. I now know why.
(And I used more hand sanitizer in the seven hours I was there than I have in my entire life .... which is saying something -- I am a kindergarten teacher, after all.)
#6 - Waiting rooms are not the ideal place for a three-year-old. Particularly for seven hours at a time. And particularly when four of those seven hours are post-bedtime.
(Though I have to say, Lucy was a serious rock star. I was so proud of her!)
#7 - I would be remiss if I didn't mention the ONE positive part of this experience. Hospital cafeterias have A-MAZing food. Lucy and I had a YUMMY dinner.
(And boy was that cafeteria a welcomed "field trip" in the middle of our seven-hour stay!)
**And if you wonder what I was doing in the emergency room in the first place .... here's the story:
My hubs hurt his shoulder over the weekend --- actually, to be honest, he didn't DO anything ..... he just woke up Monday morning with horrendous shoulder pain.
After a quick stop at his doctor's office, he was sent to our local hospital's emergency room for his "dislocated shoulder."
Only problem? His shoulder was not, in fact, dislocated.
They took x-rays and sent him home with pain meds and a sling.
Two days later, the pain had worsened, and his entire right arm was swelling - from shoulder to fingertips.
A phone call to his doctor turned into another trip to the emergency room -- though this time to the "big city" -- and the best hospital in our state.
Little Lucy and I sat in the ER waiting room for the better part of seven hours -- until after midnight that night.
|(After sitting on my lap for hours, she finally started getting sleepy about 10:00!)|
|(Daddy and Lucy ....snuggled in a hospital bed after midnight.)|
We went back to the hospital the next morning, (four more hours in the waiting room - though thankfully NOT in the emergency room!) and Scott was seen by SIX orthopedic doctors.
He has a significant tear in his deltoid muscle, some calcificate crystalization in the muscles around his rotator cuff, and some concerning fluid around his rotator cuff that needs to not be there.
If it isn't gone by next week, they will have to do surgery to remove it.
Scott works (HARD) to take care of our family .... not being able to work is not a good thing, for a variety of reasons -- (as you can imagine).
We are praying that the (many) medications he is on now will solve the problem quickly -- and that no surgery will be necessary!
Thanks for all of your prayers and well wishes!