Saturday, June 8, 2013

Emergency Waiting Room? Bring a Book (6WS)

unless you're bleeding visibly when you go in,
or are not  in huge amounts of obvious pain,
even if the waiting room is empty, be prepared
to wait. An hour, sometimes, leaving you to wonder
what happened just before you got there
that has tied up the entire emergency room staff.
Your mind starts listening with both ears,
and you hear someone saying, 'burns all over her arms
and face" and you think, 'oh dear' and then you hear
that  rustle-thump of  feet running fast and quietly
somewhere. Suddenly your own scary problems
become less important and, cradling the beeper
in one hand, and the book in the other, settle
in to wait your turn.


  1. I'm so sorry you had to be in the ER! I hope you're recovered by now.

    But yes, it's always a good reminder that there's people worse off than you.

  2. Hi Mittens, aka Judy ~~ Why not put Kindle on your iPhone so you could text when you get tired of reading.

    The last time I went to the the ER they said I would just have to deal with my pain and take pain killers the rest of my life. No Xrays or anything like that.

    So, four months later I had an L4/L5 lamnectomy/discetomy and two weeks later an AAA stent graft put in. Then a week after that we went to Barbados for my son's wedding.

  3. Take care. I've had to wait longer for a scheduled appointment so an hour wait in an emergency room is really nothing. I hope everything gets sorted out quickly.

  4. Sadly, just as often, though, there are 3-4 staffers just waiting around for X-ray results or blood labs when they could have at least begun processing the next customer, er, patient.

    Mostly, though, I have to give them the credit they so richly deserve, doing a job I wouldn't have for all the money in the world.

  5. So poignant, so true -- puts things in perspective.

  6. I do hope you are feeling better now!
    The Kindle app on my cell phone is a bliss, I'm never without food for thought.

  7. Jim, i'd do just that if I had an iphone, but then i'd have to have a kindle to go with it. My height of wireless technology is carrying my husband's cellphone. And yes, when someone says 'live with the pain' is when I start thinking, maybe they just don't want to deal with it. As often happens.

    And I wasnt complaining about the length of time, only that it existed.

    The last time I spent quality time in the ER i had a galloping infected spider bite that waited patiently for four hours before i could see a doctor. And he chastised me sharply ("shouldnt have let it go that far", he grumbled) until I said i had been there four hours...

    it's all relative.

    And I never leave home without a book attached. It's that, I remind myself, or People Magazine and MTV Music Awards...

  8. Emergency rooms are interesting places, albeit sometimes scary and depressing.

  9. ER are definitely interesting places ... although not among my first 100 places to consider people watching ... but depending on the reason for being there ... it can provide you with a gratitude list. It is always good to travel with a book. Sorry you had to visit there at all. Visiting from 6WS

  10. Most times its for minor stuff, as this was, more of a 'just to make sure' event. And I don't know about your hospitals, but ours seems to undergo cosmetic surgery about every three or four years, so anyone who had the layout memorized last year had better not expect anything to be in the same place. It rarely is.

    What fascinates me now is how young the nurses and doctors are. I swear, they must be letting them into medical training at the age of twelve these days *g*

  11. I have used an ambulance the last few times, and havent had to go thru the waiting room. I sat in the waiting room with my mother for 3 hrs. She was throwing up and nobody seemed to care. I hate waiting for anything, even 5 minutes

  12. Beautifully written and so very true! I hope you're feeling better.

    Have a wonderful weekend. ☺

  13. dana, thank you. im fine, truly. And it does look to be a better weekend, finally

    Harvey, any time you arrive by ambulance you get to bypass everything and head straight to the place you need to be. Walk-ins are treated as less serious and are sorted out by the triage system.