It’s funny how we hear stories of trouble with health care, especially hospital wait times but unless we go through it we don’t realize the extent of it.
I took my son to the ER of St. Clare’s Hospital on a Tuesday evening after he hurt his foot at work. We arrived around 6:30 and were told that it might be seven hours. Over the course of being there, I thought it might be best to take him home, elevate the foot and put ice on it ... but hey, I’m a mother, not a health-care professional, so figured we’d wait in case he needed an X-ray.
At one point, he asked the triage nurse if she knew how much longer and was told, “This is an emergency room, anything can happen.”
No kidding. We left at 2:30 a.m. because he couldn’t wait any longer with the foot swollen and aching more than when we arrived ... obviously.
I think based on what his issue was, a quick look from the doctor might have concluded that he would be better off going home. I don’t know how it works but I do know that our health-care system is really in hard shape ... and that’s only based on one story of a squat foot.