I am so glad you called that other ER! I hope you can get in there soon to get this fixed. My mom did something to her rib- I can't remember if she fractured or pulled muscle, or what it was, but it hurt her horribly and was caused by coughing.
The experiences some of the others have had in EDs suprise me. At mine they have a sign up that says if you have chest pains, shortness of breath, or tingling, or numbness in the arms to tell the triage nurse immediately. We have an excellent rate for getting folks from 911 call to cath lab. We are getting busier, especially as we move to trauma center status, but I've never seen anyone get such shoddy care. I wonder if some hospitals are just set up so poorly that it impacts every aspect of care. I can't even imagine anyone being treated the way some of the folks here have been treated. There are some pretty serious violations going on in these hospitals and there should be something we can do about it.
I really wish we had free health care in this country, but I guess that topic belongs in the opinion forum!
What sucks is this is the closest hospital to us. It's about 4 miles from me and about 3 miles from my mom. The other one I'm going to tomm is about 20 mins from here but I've learned it's the best one to go to. I had both my son's there and recieved the BEST care EVER! and the children's hospital is right next door also. DH goes there for Work Comp and he's in and out and they do EVERYTHING to help you. Matter of fact, when DH went to the other ER complaining he had serious back pain and couldn't breath they told him he had pulled his muscles carrying shingles up the ladder. We didn't buy it and went to the other ER... he had walking pnuemonia....I went there before a few months ago VERY sick and vomiting blood.They told me I had food posioning but later found out from a walk in clinic it was a kidney infection. I was on IV's and meds for 6 hours for nothing But again, it's the closest hospital. I don't think I'm EVER going back there again. I would probably have to be LITERALLY dying before I did... but then again, that would be the only way I could get in