Pittsburgh, PA
Not Interested


Post Reads:
Last Online:
1 day ago
View All »

My Friends

16 hours ago
4 days ago
> 30 days ago
> 30 days ago
> 30 days ago
> 30 days ago
> 30 days ago
> 30 days ago



Health & Fitness > Hospitals


Just trying to get health care is so stressful it’ll give you more symptoms. This weekend my youngest sister has been in the hospital — she’s better now, and will be going home soon — but just seeing a picture of her there, with an ng tube, I guess put some extra stress that crept up on me. For several weeks I’ve had what I guess are heart palpitations, where it feels as if your heart is thumping through your chest, and you can feel it in places you don’t normally have a pulse. When it gets very strong it makes you breathless. Yesterday it got much worse, and I also got dizzy, thought I was going to pass out. That apparently was a problem that you’re supposed to get care right away for.

I tried going to an urgent care center here, was talked into going to the ER instead, since they don’t treat heart stuff really. And the dr convinced me to drive directly to the ER instead of waiting.

After being in the ER for 5 hours or so, and after several blood tests for which I had no results, a man came in wearing a new color of scrubs and said he was now taking over my care. Apparently the first doctor had decided he was going to admit me, but didn’t tell me or the nurses, only the upstairs staff.

Since I can’t pay for that, I said I wouldn’t stay. So I had to wait almost another hour to get the needle out of my arm and the other stuff disconnected in order to leave. I also left believing I wouldn’t be given any written results, because apparently they are accessed online — and I said to the nurse, “That sounds like something I have to be insured with the hospital to see, right?” She didn’t answer me. She just smiled and laid down the papers with general info on palpitations, and left.

It wasn’t until today that I found I was indeed allowed to register to see those results, even without insurance. I’m pretty disgusted with all of this. The first doctor, who had finally come back to talk to me again, seemed to blame me for not staying, and he kept saying how this was an incomplete heart workup and he had no idea if I had heart arrhythmia, etc. He did not say anything about how it is possible to have your heart monitored as an outpatient. Grr.

I feel pretty good today, and am reducing caffeine and changing my diet a whole lot. In a few days I can go to a free clinic and talk to them about this, but I just don’t know. At least my little sister has been fully treated.

posted on Sept 5, 2022 12:52 PM ()


Lesson learned!!
comment by elderjane on Sept 9, 2022 3:06 AM ()
A hint--NEVER drive yourself (or let someone else take you) to the hospital--Always call 911--you will get better service when the ambulance takes you to the hospital!! That was one of the first things I was taught by my fellow seniors when I moved here!
comment by greatmartin on Sept 5, 2022 1:24 PM ()

Comment on this article   

484 articles found   [ Previous Article ]  [ Next Article ]  [ First ]  [ Last ]