I went to the doctor not long ago for an allergic reaction. He reached over to touch me, and I almost slapped him. Not because it was unreasonable to check my health, but because his thumb had a huge fucking hole in it. The nail was all black except for the hole near his cuticle, where it was all red and freakishly disturbing. And I have a problem with nail injuries in general, few things disgust and horrify me as much.
You'd think a doctor would put a bandaid on that fucking thing. Especially before touching people. D:
Yeah, well we hate you too. Stop coming into the ER with your problems and just leave your money.
I'm speaking figuratively in the future, as I'm not there *yet*.
In all reality, medicine takes time. If you have a problem, expect it to take time. I'm a bit fed up with people always complaining to me in the ER that they've been there for soooo long (average of whiners is at about the 2 hour mark). They expect us to magically attended to multiple people instantly. SO CALM YOURSELF, YOU'LL GET WHAT YOU NEED EVENTUALLY. Well, that is if the doctor isn't busy.
Quick question(s): what do people usually go to the ER for that require them to wait so long? And second, do people wait longer because their needs aren't as urgent as someone elses? As in someone breaking their arm getting push down for someone needing their stomach pumped over alcohol poisoning?
Also, I suppose people get pissy on the basis it's called an EMERGENCY room. The people in there are in for a reason and need to be seen urgently as possible, right?
It depends. People hang around in the ER for a few hours when Xrays, CT scans, or other pictures that violate every cell in the body. And yes, if we hear the words "Triage Stat" we basically ignore everyone. The person in the most need takes priority.
And no. People come in all the time for dumb things. Like checking for STDs! I mean, the majority of our patients are hurting, but to call it an emergency... Not so much.
I've seen it all. But in the end, my "I want to punch you so hard in the face" comment is reduced too: "Sir/ma'am, this is an emergency room. I have other patients I need to treat as well. Some of them are bleeding. Really really badly. I'll get to you when I can."
But hey. You really can't get mad at them, when people are in pain, their world shrinks to them.
Eurgh yes. I volunteer at Children's Hopsital and I had actually been helping in the ER waiting room at some point, and saw kids whom had broken an arm and such there who got their arm stuck in a brace to wait until there was time to get to them when they could. ((Which was still pretty fast P)
People whom are impatient in the ER can be annoying. Life still works that those in most danger get treated first. P: