Thank you all for your concern. If I could breathe enough to talk, I would've turned down the freaking ambulance ride. Didn't need it. I was obviously getting the oxygen as I hadn't passed out yet, and a ride in someone's backseat would've been just fine for getting to the hospital. I saw my first 100% pulse ox reading in my lifetime during all this madness, actually. I was getting the air, it just sure as hell didn't feel like it. They wanted to stick me with a needle during the ambulance ride and I denied the hell out of that. I don't care how good they are, I couldn't breathe, and I hate needles to the point that knowing they're going to put one in me will cause me to hold my breath and then hyperventilate. Add to that my veins roll and are tiny... in a moving vehicle... not no, but hell no. Went into triage. Got kicked out of triage into the waiting room, where Boss was waiting for me with all my assorted gear. Geek showed up a few minuted later with a tale of nearly flattening the asshole that told him "this is valet parking, you can't park here."
Waited about an hour, finally got back into a room. Waited another hour, got stabbed, given the drugs, and then given fluids. The shift change meant I got forgotten when I REALLY needed to piss because of the fluids. I couldn't just get up and walk to the bathroom not 500 ft away because the saline was hooked to the bed, not a portable rack. Geek had to flag some one down to untether me. They gave me a piss cup (that was never tested to my knowledge), I went that way, had a hell of a time doing everything right handed AND keeping my left arm straight, and came back. Another hour later, doc came in (after being flagged down by Geek because I was obviously doing better to the point of bitching and complaining), gave me my dx(mild to med allergic reaction), and sent me on my way. It was roughly noon when I was loaded on the ambulance. It was 1710 when we left the ER. Not impressed by that hospital let me tell you, especially when a rather large guy hit the deck in thr waiting room and it took a handful of people to get the registration people's attention and there was a little girl there going in and out of consciousness with a blood sugar level over 600 that had been there for 2 hours.
That is a completely unacceptable response time IMO! I can understand being busy, but it sounds like they were just being vapid. I'm glad Geek was there to help flag people down.
Oh, wow! A kid passing out in the waiting room?!?! Makes me glad we have our little regional hospital - they do a bang-up job.
The last time I had to wait in the waiting room, my Fourth was a wee one - she had fallen and cut the point of her chin on some large-grade gravel and I wanted to make sure she hadn't gotten a hairline fracture/damaged her tooth buds because that was quite a spill she took. Tore open her skin and all. Anyway, on that particular night in August, junior high and high school football practice had begun for most of the schools in the greater area, and the emergency room just kept on getting ambulance deliveries of kids with broken legs and walk-ins with broken arms.
It took a long while for us to get to the treatment rooms, but my Fourth was in no great discomfort, and it wasn't like her jaw was four inches off to the side or anything. I asked the nurses, and they said that first-day-of-football-practice was a ritual for the hospital - exactly the same sized crowds of broken-boned kids, keeping peds orthopedics busy all night and into the next days.
Re hospital valet parking - I almost had a baby in the parking lot once because of them (NJ). My hubby threw the keys at them and said "tow the damn thing and look me up in obstetrics when you are done!" And ran into the hospital with me. They never did - a nice guy carefully parked the car in regular parking, and actually asked hubby how I was doing when hubby went home for the night!
Yea for your man!
Our regional does a great job of getting you back, fixed up, and out. This was a medical center partner, and I've never had good lick with them. Thankfully, after the ER copay, BCBS covers 100%. No clue what that 3 min ambulance ride will run me.
Hulky's BIL is a paradmeic (or was? I forget) and I think it can run around $400. Don't know if insurance covers that kind of thing though.
Do you have an HMO plan? If we can swing it, I think Hulky and I will switch to the offered HMO through BCBS instead of my current PPO. The PPO is convenient for some things (like no referrals required), but I think we will overall be paying less by having more copays and generally having more covered.
Great. Its considered a subsidiary city service and not covered AT ALL. There goes $400-500 I didn't ask to spend.
Nameless - the PPO was/is worth it to me because of Third - getting her to the specialists would be a nightmare if I had to argue with some gatekeeper know-nothing to get that referral.
Ambulance rides: Third had that seizure back in Feb.
Ambulance from our house to the regional medical center, approx 22 miles, $850 (yes, eight hundred fifty)
Ambulance ride from the regional medical center to the Cleveland Clinic, approx 85 miles, a shade over $2000 (yes, two thousand), which we took because the regional had no peds neurologists and Third's is at the Clinic, and she was still in bad enough shape that I worried about shit happening in the backseat of our car en route
Insurance paid all of it. While I was wiping Third off of the bathroom floor, hubby was already contacting the insurance company to make sure all the transportation that I had an inkling we would use, and all the testing I KNEW would be done, was covered. Insurance company deemed it an emergency, so all was paid, except for our deductible, we fully met in those 48 hours...
Sometimes I get into pissy moods about insurance - I think it is a sad state of affairs when a family of a special-needs kid has a routine down pat that looks like this: Third has emergency. Mom and Second (who is impervious to the sight of blood and other bodily fluids) take on emergency care of Third, First scoops up Fourth and becomes emergency child care, and hubby speed-dials the insurance company. Each and every time. Hubby shouldn't have to do that so soon, just to see what pitfalls and loopholes there are in the care of x-emergency, so he can avoid them. Harrumph.
Still glad you are feeling better, naiad.
Still gonna get a patch test Monday to be certain, butvi think its a reaction to red40. I ate very little that had red dye in it even before primal, as red, orange and purple candy and such all taste like cough syrup or kid's tylenol to me. I had a reaction to sugarfree strawberry cake and a shit ton of starbursts when I was 4 or 5. Hives and troubles breathing.
Yeah, a frat brother of mine was allergic to red40 and other food dyes. Not something to mess with. Best of luck and glad you are doing a bit better!
I have a college friend who is allergic to red40. Good luck!