I Was Concentrating So Hard On The Way I Walking That...
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
I didn't see the slant and slight dip in the sidewalk and I fell. It isn't really anybody else's fault, just a clumsy accident. How I avoided a head or face injury, I don't know. My hat flew off my head, my glasses slid down my nose, my left lower leg is all skinned and I broke my left arm. My ribs are sore on my right side too. Honestly, I was very lucky. The man upstairs must have really been looking out for me.
I knew immediately that my lower arm was broken. The radial head (up near the elbow) is broken clear through the bone. Usually when I break a bone, I wait a day or two to seek medical attention because I have warped pain receptors. Today, I couldn't move my arm and it had to be supported. The pain was very intense even when I wiggled my fingers. My walking gait is so off balance that I think I am just not steady on my feet.
The local emergency room was slow, inefficient and sloppy. It had been years since I was in this emergency room so I was shocked at the care I received. I should say, the care I didn't receive. I asked for a drink of water and never got one. I never saw the doctor, just a nurse practitioner. I have nothing against nurse practitioners. She appeared to be knowledgeable up to a point. However, I had x-Rays at 1:30pm and I sat in the little treatment cubical until 3:45pm when the nurse practitioner came in and said my arm was broken. The ER wasn't busy, I could hear the staff laughing and chatting behind office door. After another 15 minutes, a regular nurse came out and put a splint and a sling on my arm. I asked about getting a CD of my x-Rays and he said to wait about 20 minutes. He had me sign a paper and then he disappeared. He never went over the paper with me. Huh? Hubby got disgusted and went out to the waiting room. One hour later, the same nurse came in, gave me the disk and paper and left. A few minutes passed and I got up. I walked out into the main area and saw the nurse and asked if I could go now. He gave me an affirmative reply and went into the cube of the only other patient in the area. I had trouble finding my way out to the waiting area. I did notice that the whole place was fairly empty.
After my experience, it doesn't surprise me that a neighboring large hospital is putting in a new modern facility about a mile away. Our current hospital has no obstetrics department, no orthopedist on staff, just one who is on call, and that is the case with most of the doctors. I overheard the one doctor in the ER tell the patient next to me that they use patient transport to another facility once they call around and find a doctor who can treat a patient. What the heck? Now I have to tell you, that the patient next to me hurt his finger on Monday and he warranted a visit by the doctor. I broke my arm and never saw the guy. What's wrong with this picture?
I have already made an appointment with my orthopedist over in Tampa for tomorrow. I just don't trust the care that I received today. What a sad commentary on the quality of our local health care system.