On December 28 I was discharged from the hospital with the understanding that on December 29 a nurse would come to my apartment and set up a IV machine to continue to blood testing to get rid of all infected blood so my aorta valve wouldn't get infected and cause dire problems.When I got home the IV med was delivered, the IV pole was delivered, various hoses and 'doodads' were delivered but NOT a nurse in sight nor would there be one before January 3 Monday!
There was not a doctor, a nurse, a medical office open. available due to the New Year's Weekend. Not having a single person to help intercede gave me a hopeless feeling I never felt before!
An aside before I get to my week of ER horrors!! I've looked over the hundreds of discharge papers and no where did I see the name of 2 procedures I went through one of which involved a tube down my throat to take x-rays but also left my throat very sore for several days and I was unable to eat, swallow and/or chew food! That was followed by a procedure first with clear liquid and then a vile liquid that caused me vomiting and diarrhea for 3 days and my introduction to adult diapers.
Oh yes, have I mentioned that I don't have a car and have to depend on my HMO transportation, TOPS which is a city transit option and such things as Uber, Yellow cab and Lyfte. In the case of the first you have to give 48 hours notice and in the second 24 hours so when you need to go to the ER neither is really an option! How about, after 9 hours hanging around an ER and it is close to midnight, you are exhausted, tired and need to get home calling Uber and they are only charging $46 for a one way trip that normally costs $10.45!
You can always call for your HMO ride and then be put on hold for 1 hour 18minutes and 4 seconds (see picture at which point I hung up! and took a Yellow Cab for the $10.45!)
I could go on and on but it is time for WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE NURSES AND IS THE ER REALLY SUCH A NIGHTMARE AND SO MISMANAGED?!?!?