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(New York Daily News)   Excuse me, nurse? There's a woman dying on the floor in the psych ward. Oh, it's not your job? Well, what about the security guards who ignored her lying there? Not them either? Okay, well she's dead now, so no rush   (nydailynews.com) divider line 352
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2008-07-01 12:03:08 PM
PrinceofFark:There is no substitute for brains my friend.

Says the guy who had to go to the ER three times for sunburn...
 
2008-07-01 12:03:15 PM
itazurakko

Not sure what it was, but probably some kind of food poisoning he'd picked up by touching a contaminated surface - we'd been eating the same food for a couple of days and I was fine.

Taxi ride home the next day cost us £150, but happily the company were ok to pay. Taxi driver couldn't believe his luck.

And my mate bought me a bottle of Bordeaux to say thanks, which is always welcome.
 
2008-07-01 12:03:53 PM
I think we've found her boyfriend.
 
2008-07-01 12:05:14 PM
Above all, do no harm....

Hippocratic oath don't mean much these days does it?
 
2008-07-01 12:06:21 PM
The article says after an hour. The video says 45 minutes later. Just another case of freaking yellow journalism waving the bloody shirt!
 
2008-07-01 12:06:42 PM
Why not go to an Urgent Care clinic for non-emergency events (e.g. sunburns, etc)? I'm sure an Urgent Care bill would be considerably less than a hospital Emergency Room bill.
 
2008-07-01 12:09:47 PM
balthan:PrinceofFark:There is no substitute for brains my friend.

Says the guy who had to go to the ER three times for sunburn...


I've gone to the ER a ton of times, for various things. If I feel cold coming on, and I can't get into my regular doctor, damn right i'm hitting up the ER. I don't want to stay sick a full week just because I feel I'm "the man" if I don't wait to see him.

Sorry, not buying into this macho moron crap. I suffer much less then most people in my situation because I am pro-active and use the resources made available to me.

You don't want to use your tax dollars? Fine, i'll use em for ya then, and enjoy life alot more in the process (while suffering less).
 
2008-07-01 12:11:00 PM
Riche:I think it's downright idiotic to "tough out" days of excruciating pain when you have the option of simply go to a doc (ER doc or otherwise) and get some pills.

No thanks, I'd rather take the sunburn, then go see a dermatologist in a week or two to make sure I didn't cancerify myself, rather than destroy my liver with tylenon 3. Seriously, I think we're the most over-acetominophened generation in the history of the world, and I predict that we'll be seeing a lot more liver disease and all-out liver failure as this generation ages.
 
2008-07-01 12:12:08 PM
You think waiting in the ER for a long time sucks? Just imagine if you need major surgery in the UK.


NHS waiting list (new window)
 
2008-07-01 12:12:10 PM
1 less slug off the welfare teet.
 
2008-07-01 12:12:45 PM
Riche:I think it's downright idiotic to "tough out" days of excruciating pain when you have the option of simply go to a doc (ER doc or otherwise) and get some pills. It also has the side benefit of having a professional look over the injury to make sure it isn't getting infected or something.

Personally, I find it downright idiotic that someone would risk going through (or faking) "excruciating pain" in order to get pain meds for something they could have prevented in the first place.

He was seen in the ER over the weekend so waiting until Monday to follow up with his family doctor to check for an infection wouldn't put his life at risk.

My step-daughter went to the ER a few weeks ago. She was yelled at, humiliated and asked to leave by the staff. She had abdominal pain from being constipated, but she didn't want to take a laxative at home. She was hoping they'd give her pain meds to hold her over until she finally pooped on her own.

My 30 y.o. step-kid always consumes more than she can pass and she suffers for it, but it's her fault. There is no need for anyone to weigh in over 400lbs, especially if they're less than 5' tall. The ER team was busy trying to save the lives of critically ill and dying people and I applaud them for giving her the tongue lashing she deserved.
 
2008-07-01 12:16:26 PM
How come nobody's yet mentioned that the patient standing up on the left looks exactly like Chef from "South Park"?
 
2008-07-01 12:16:52 PM
Lusiphur:No thanks, I'd rather take the sunburn, then go see a dermatologist in a week or two to make sure I didn't cancerify myself, rather than destroy my liver with tylenon 3. Seriously, I think we're the most over-acetominophened generation in the history of the world, and I predict that we'll be seeing a lot more liver disease and all-out liver failure as this generation ages.

Milkthistle will save us all!

Seriously, I take tylenol daily (incidental to the prescription medication it's combined with) after having chest surgery 4 years ago, and my liver function tests are fine. I credit it to taking Milkthistle every morning, and only taking an average of 325mg of Tylenol in a day. It only gets really dangerous if you go up above 1-2 grams/day.
 
2008-07-01 12:17:55 PM
I've only been to an ER twice. But at least each time I was in a really bad way which actually warranted ER use.

One was an AWESOME flesh wound (exposed skull!). Being covered in your own blood from head to toe is not recommended.

Now that I read that, I don't supposed being covered in someone else's blood from head to toe is a fun time at the happy park either.

Unless you're into that.

The plastic surgeon did great and you can hardly see the scar that goes from the corner of my right eye, through my forehead, and into the hair a couple inches. One weird thing though is if I pluck out a hair above the bridge of my nose (I like having two eyebrows) my scar will itch a good 3 inches away.
 
2008-07-01 12:20:48 PM
Hey, Hipchewy1, I hope your b/f feels better soon.

/smiles fondly at my sunburn scars from incompetent babysitter in childhood

P.S. Oh, and the woman being ignored while dying? Color me unsurprised.
 
2008-07-01 12:21:20 PM
Lagaidh:I've only been to an ER twice. But at least each time I was in a really bad way which actually warranted ER use.

One was an AWESOME flesh wound (exposed skull!). Being covered in your own blood from head to toe is not recommended.

Now that I read that, I don't supposed being covered in someone else's blood from head to toe is a fun time at the happy park either.

Unless you're into that.

The plastic surgeon did great and you can hardly see the scar that goes from the corner of my right eye, through my forehead, and into the hair a couple inches. One weird thing though is if I pluck out a hair above the bridge of my nose (I like having two eyebrows) my scar will itch a good 3 inches away.


Yeah, nerve damage is bizarre. If I press the right spot on my wrist, the numb area above the scar on my pinky kinda tingles like a funny bone.
 
2008-07-01 12:22:35 PM
calculator13:That is your tax dollars incredibly evil, worthless and greedy insurance companies at work America.

Remember,the insurance industries pays for all that lobbying of your government and likely all those op-ed pieces that equate much more humane systems with communism!

You are a DUPE if you believe all that crap about how the "Free Market" fixes everything!1
 
2008-07-01 12:22:49 PM
skabbo

Similar incident:

I was washing a Belgian beer glass (sorta hour-glass shaped), and had my right hand inside, trying to reach the bottom, when the pressure shattered the glass right at the narrowest part of the taper. It cut a horseshoe shaped gash into the outside of my right pinky, severing the dorsal nerve (still no feeling above the cut to this day). When I got there, the nurse needed to check if there was glass in the cut before she stitched it, so forgetting that she hadn't yet injected lidocaine, she took the flap and peeled it back. I don't remember exactly what I said but I think it was something "pleasepleasepleasepleaseenough". My girlfriend nearly passed out and they needed to get a stretcher for her.

/NJ though, not in Brooklyn.



Gaah! *shudder* I've only been to the ER twice: once when I was 7 and dehydrated from a virus and again when I was 13 after busting my chin open (It was during PE and we were doing that 'human wheelbarrow' thing and the girl was pushing my legs a lot faster than I could move my arms...bam, hit the gym floor) I thought I was gonna either puke or faint when the school nurse had the good sense to tell me it was 'gaping open'. Yeah, that'll make me feel better. No wonder your girlfriend almost fainted...it seems that there's too much "forgetting" going on in a field where there should be none.


And I hate to rain on the parade of the people supporting Hipchewy's boyfriend, but my sister once got a really bad blistering sunburn and was prescribed pills from the doctor and some kind of cream for the pain...no ER visit needed.
 
2008-07-01 12:23:45 PM
Fishstick Kitty:Riche:I think it's downright idiotic to "tough out" days of excruciating pain when you have the option of simply go to a doc (ER doc or otherwise) and get some pills. It also has the side benefit of having a professional look over the injury to make sure it isn't getting infected or something.

Personally, I find it downright idiotic that someone would risk going through (or faking) "excruciating pain" in order to get pain meds for something they could have prevented in the first place.

He was seen in the ER over the weekend so waiting until Monday to follow up with his family doctor to check for an infection wouldn't put his life at risk.

My step-daughter went to the ER a few weeks ago. She was yelled at, humiliated and asked to leave by the staff. She had abdominal pain from being constipated, but she didn't want to take a laxative at home. She was hoping they'd give her pain meds to hold her over until she finally pooped on her own.

My 30 y.o. step-kid always consumes more than she can pass and she suffers for it, but it's her fault. There is no need for anyone to weigh in over 400lbs, especially if they're less than 5' tall. The ER team was busy trying to save the lives of critically ill and dying people and I applaud them for giving her the tongue lashing she deserved.


I agree, she shouldn't have gone. My situations were different, and fully warranted the trip to the ER (see my post above where the administering doctor agreed to this).

You have to use common sense, there is no blanket rule for sticking it out. If something is going to inconvenience me, then sure, it's my right to go.

I have NEVER been turned down by the ER. If they did, they would have a lawsuit on their hands anyways.
 
2008-07-01 12:23:46 PM
balthan:PrinceofFark:There is no substitute for brains my friend.

Says the guy who had to go to the ER three times for sunburn...


touche.
lol.

/towheaded boy went to Fla in 1967. There is no sunburn like a 5 year old towhead boy sunburn at the beach. My back - one huge water blister. There was no such thing as sunblock back then, except the white stuff for lifeguards' noses.

//yeah, I'll prolly get the skin cancers some time. SPF brazillion from here on in.
 
2008-07-01 12:26:44 PM
Day_Old_Dutchie:You are a DUPE if you believe all that crap about how the "Free Market" fixes everything!

We haven't had a free market in health care since before 1973.
 
2008-07-01 12:28:59 PM
PrinceofFark:I've gone to the ER a ton of times, for various things. If I feel cold coming on, and I can't get into my regular doctor, damn right i'm hitting up the ER. I don't want to stay sick a full week just because I feel I'm "the man" if I don't wait to see him.

Sorry, not buying into this macho moron crap. I suffer much less then most people in my situation because I am pro-active and use the resources made available to me.

You don't want to use your tax dollars? Fine, i'll use em for ya then, and enjoy life alot more in the process (while suffering less).


Doctor: So what seems to be your chief complaint today Mr. PrinceOfFark?
POF: Well Doc, I farted this morning and much to my surprise there were lumps. Farts don't have lumps do they?
Doctor: Oh my, Mr. PrinceOfFark why don't you just remove your pink tutu and let's have a look see.
POF: Geez Doc, I'm a little shy about doing that. Normally I have my wubby with me when I feel this type of anxiety.
Doctor: Well I've got a spiffy Sponge Bob doll you can cuddle with it you think that will help.
POF: Oh please can I???? I just wuv Spongie. He's my favorite.
Doctor: Here you go son, now let's have a look see...... hmmmm, I don't believe I've seen this before. Ahh, son. Do you happen to keep gerbils as pets????

/Gene pool, your polluting it.
 
2008-07-01 12:29:39 PM
Fishstick Kitty:My step-daughter went to the ER a few weeks ago. She was yelled at, humiliated and asked to leave by the staff. She had abdominal pain from being constipated, but she didn't want to take a laxative at home. She was hoping they'd give her pain meds to hold her over until she finally pooped on her own.

They didn't offer an enema there in the ER? 'Cuz that's more like what I'd have expected (and probably works to keep people who aren't seriously constipated beyond laxative stage from coming in).

I'll say I don't get some of the "I'm a bigger man for toughing out things, I don't waste taxes, ever" mentality, though. Someone else posted, that's what triage is for. Go in, if you have a minor problem, you'll be last in line, no worries. It's only those who go in with a minor problem and then complain about the wait that seem silly to me.

If the "no one with life threatening injuries should come here, but we're walk in for all other issues" clinic is OPEN, sure, go there. Ditto public health. But waiting days (if not more like two weeks) just so you can see the one doctor you supposedly have some relation with, when all you want to know is if your injury is getting infected or not, or if you maybe have strep throat since your throat pain is getting worse, seems like overkill. Go to the open clinic. If nothing is open and it really hurts, set aside a good chunk of time and go be last at the ER if you want. Just don't complain about being served last.
 
2008-07-01 12:29:47 PM
Daughter of the Blood:
Gaah! *shudder* I've only been to the ER twice: once when I was 7 and dehydrated from a virus and again when I was 13 after busting my chin open (It was during PE and we were doing that 'human wheelbarrow' thing and the girl was pushing my legs a lot faster than I could move my arms...bam, hit the gym floor) I thought I was gonna either puke or faint when the school nurse had the good sense to tell me it was 'gaping open'. Yeah, that'll make me feel better. No wonder your girlfriend almost fainted...it seems that there's too much "forgetting" going on in a field where there should be none.


Ah, the wheelbarrow race. That was back when "Physical Education" meant just that - You got to learn about things like the sight of large quantities of blood, and how hard a collision a human head could endure before inducing dizziness.
 
2008-07-01 12:31:44 PM
Fishstick Kitty:
My step-daughter went to the ER a few weeks ago. She was yelled at, humiliated and asked to leave by the staff. She had abdominal pain from being constipated, but she didn't want to take a laxative at home. She was hoping they'd give her pain meds to hold her over until she finally pooped on her own.


It's a good thing they knew better - a universal side effect of painkillers is constipation.
 
2008-07-01 12:32:03 PM
PrinceofFark:He then repeated "So ya, you did the right thing" and told me to not fall asleep on the beach again, ha.

Well no shiat he said that. He just made $200 on your idiocy. This is why ERs in poorer hospitals are so bad. Doctors would rather see a patient with a migraine for 10 minutes and walk away with a quick paycheck then spend hours with a serious case, especially one that falls outside their specialty and requires calling in a consult and taking hours away from seeing the kind of quick and easy cases that pay the hospital the most on an hourly basis.

In the last 10 years, I have been to the ER twice, both have been for my child. Anything that does not require immediate attention is much better handled by regular practitioners or any of the hundreds of urgent care clinics that have sprung up in recent years. The truth is that there are very few things that couldn't be handled as well by an RN or nurse practitioner, and the things that can't...well, you'll know when they happen.

PrinceofFark:I've gone to the ER a ton of times, for various things. If I feel cold coming on, and I can't get into my regular doctor, damn right i'm hitting up the ER. I don't want to stay sick a full week just because I feel I'm "the man" if I don't wait to see him.

And how many of those times has the ER doc, assuming they actually let you in to see a doctor and not a nurse, done nothing more than tell you to drink lots of fluids, take ibuprofen for the fever, and call your regular doctor? Assholes like this are why socialized medicine usually fails.
 
2008-07-01 12:33:29 PM
Been to the ER a couple times, but the worst was when I had the most excruciating pain in my left side, from my shoulder, down my back to the bottom of my rib cage. Every breath felt like someone was stabbing me, and it only got worse. I was treated for pleurisy (which I'd had before) and sent home.

The next day, even though I was on Vicodin, the pain was unbearable. Went back to the ER, they upped the meds and sent me home. That night, I seriously thought I was dying. They finally did a CT scan and found a blood clot in my lung.

I was admitted right then and given a nice cocktail of blood thinners and pain killers.

Two significant points:

1. The attending kept telling me how "lucky" I was that I came in. I had to remind him it had been 30 hours between my initial visit and the time of diagnosis, so in fact, the hospital was "lucky" that I didn't throw my clot and die in his farking waiting room.

2. Docs determined the PE was from using birth control pills--I was only 26 at the time--and they used me as a case study in some JAMA article.

The moral? Don't have sex. It might kill you.
 
2008-07-01 12:35:14 PM
Lusiphur:hundreds of urgent care clinics that have sprung up in recent years.

...and yeah, these are a good thing. The idea of having to stick to one doctor for everything is just weird, but certainly not everything needs the ER.

VERY often what people want is an educated pair of eyes looking at their problem. If the doc (or nurse, etc) tells them honestly that there's nothing wrong, just sleep it off, that's a GOOD ANSWER and 100% solves their problem, which is anxiety that they might be letting a problem get out of control and harming themselves.

"Is this infected?" etc.
 
2008-07-01 12:37:20 PM
To anyone wondering, PrinceofFark is a troll. Responding to his comments makes you look incredibly stupid.
 
2008-07-01 12:39:15 PM
skabbo:
Ah, the wheelbarrow race. That was back when "Physical Education" meant just that - You got to learn about things like the sight of large quantities of blood, and how hard a collision a human head could endure before inducing dizziness.


As a blind (former) student who got forced into more games of dodgeball than I dare try to count by an assortment of gym teachers, I'm really getting a kick out of your reply.

I wonder how many people today know that you can recover from a concussion at home. It farks you up though for a period of... yah... you won't remember exactly how long.

/The forced PE finally ended when I threw a football at the coach's nuts.
//Missed, but not by much. Apparently, the throw had a pretty good spin on it too.
///Memo to PE instructors: Blind people can throw things - we just can't see what the fark we're throwing them at. If you're going to force participation on everyone, make sure your family jewels aren't in the projected trajectory of whatever you just asked the blind kid to throw.
 
2008-07-01 12:42:20 PM
Forget the "Socialized Medicine is Bad/Good" angle.

The real problem is that as shocking as this story is, on both the NY Post and NY Daily News, it didn't even rank in their top three. Sad to say that people don't really give a damn and the headlines prove that out.

NY Post top 3 -
1. A-Rod a-rodding Madonna
2. Lindsay Lohan's 'secret sister'
3. Christie Brinkley divorce case

NY Daily News
1. A-Rod a-rodding Madonna
2. WTC hub to be redesigned
3. Russian model suicide

So, this poor woman dies of neglect, both the NY Daily News and Post shunt the story into their "secondary story" sections and then scold the hospital for ignoring her.

All without a trace of irony.
 
2008-07-01 12:43:32 PM
From TFA: "Thank God for the videotape because no one except anyone who's ever been an acute psych ward would have believed this could have happened," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Fixed. I believed that things like this happen all the time, even before I read this article. I've seen it.
 
2008-07-01 12:44:01 PM
PrinceofFark:I've gone to the ER a ton of times, for various things. If I feel cold coming on, and I can't get into my regular doctor, damn right i'm hitting up the ER. I don't want to stay sick a full week just because I feel I'm "the man" if I don't wait to see him.

Colds are caused by viruses there's nothing the ER can give you to cure it. So not only do you waste ER resources, you're likely also one of those asses that demand antibiotics every time you get a sniffle and contribute to antibiotic restistant bacteria.


Sorry, not buying into this macho moron crap. I suffer much less then most people in my situation because I am pro-active and use the resources made available to me.

Proactive would be using sunscreen.


You don't want to use your tax dollars? Fine, i'll use em for ya then, and enjoy life alot more in the process (while suffering less).

I haven't had any major sunburns since I became an adult. Who's suffering less?
 
2008-07-01 12:44:22 PM
I felt like I was dying from a kidney stone; turned out to be 3 lodged together that needed to be removed. The three together were the size of a thumbnail.

The reasons I had to sit and writhe in agony for an hour in the "emergency room".

A guy who's leg had been feeling tingly for the past 3 weeks.
A woman who's little girl had a nigtmare the previous night.
A guy who thought there might be a problem with his back. No pain... But thought it should be checked.
A woman who's cold was lasting longer than 4 days.
A guy that had felt dizzy one day a week earlier for about 15 mins.

The woman, who's daughter had a nightmare, made sure the nurse knew that she got there before me.
 
2008-07-01 12:45:09 PM
skabbo:It only gets really dangerous if you go up above 1-2 grams/day.

Which, when you think about it, is only 4 250ml pills a day, and a lot of people are taking extra strength 400ml+ pills for everything.
 
2008-07-01 12:46:18 PM
i had to take my 1 1/2 year old to an emergency room in vegas (was there for a weekend to see some friends) when he came down with a 105.4 degree temp at about 1 a.m. on a saturday morning. the place was clogged with illegals who, i assume, use the ER for all their health needs since they can't get denied treatment. this was a big place and there was not a single seat open...not that i would actually use a seat, since i wasn't about to put me or my kid in the "hot zone" (everybody there was coughing, sneezing, etc.). so, we wait for 4 hours, with me going up to the nurse every half hour or so asking WTF? she tells me it's going to be hours (as in several) before anything can be done. after a while, we just left. by that time the motrin had kicked in and he was perking up, but holy crap, if a 105.4 temp in a newborn isn't enough to warrant somebody looking at you, what is?

by the way, not to defend the hospitals, but the fact of the matter is that people sleep in these places all the time. the place i was had beaners all over the floor, laying on the chairs, just passed out everywhere. any one of them could've been dead and nobody would've known until they started to stink.
 
2008-07-01 12:48:13 PM
Hipchewy1:This does't surprise me at all. The hospitals in Brooklyn are scary.

I had to take my Boyfriend to the ER this morning and I choose to take him to Woodhull which is just as terrible as Kings is. He had a terrible sunburn from the weekend and he was getting blisters and was in some serious pain.

I would never go there for a life threatening issue. The whole place is dirty and no one working looks like they want to be there. The attendant in the hospital parking lot just shrugged his shoulders when I asked how to get to the ER.

I have a feeling people die in the waiting room all of the time there.


They invented this thing in the 80's called an acute care walk in clinic. It was intended to keep people like you from clogging up the ER.
 
2008-07-01 12:50:42 PM
balthan:PrinceofFark:I've gone to the ER a ton of times, for various things. If I feel cold coming on, and I can't get into my regular doctor, damn right i'm hitting up the ER. I don't want to stay sick a full week just because I feel I'm "the man" if I don't wait to see him.

Colds are caused by viruses there's nothing the ER can give you to cure it. So not only do you waste ER resources, you're likely also one of those asses that demand antibiotics every time you get a sniffle and contribute to antibiotic restistant bacteria.


Sorry, not buying into this macho moron crap. I suffer much less then most people in my situation because I am pro-active and use the resources made available to me.

Proactive would be using sunscreen.


You don't want to use your tax dollars? Fine, i'll use em for ya then, and enjoy life alot more in the process (while suffering less).

I haven't had any major sunburns since I became an adult. Who's suffering less?


Sorry, not buying it:

1. I've had nasty viral infections before, needing antibiotics. so WRONG

2. I live in a very warn climate, so getting burnt by the sun is a much more likely scenario. I enjoy the nicer things in life, so ya, I get burnt a few times. I wear sunscreen, 3 times in 30 years is pretty good. so WRONG again.

3. You do. I enjoy a big house (bigger then yours) near the beach, with a nicer view then yours, obviously. I work much less then you I am sure and make much more while i'm doing it.

Because of my financial status, I get to avoid many of the inconvenient situations that the general (scummy) public wallows in. I would say I suffer MUCH LESS then most people, and I deserve that unique situation.

All you are is wrong. Go see a doctor next time instead of being a dumbass for a chagne.
 
2008-07-01 12:52:42 PM
PrinceofFark:
Watch the clock. You've only got 26 minutes.
 
2008-07-01 12:52:50 PM
fluffy2097:Above all, do no harm....

Hippocratic oath don't mean much these days does it?


The hippocratic oath is taken by security guards now?

First line of the article: "A shocking video shows a woman dying on the floor in the psych ward at Kings County Hospital, while people around her, including a security guard, did nothing to help."

No emergency department, no nurses or doctors. Psych ward patients and a security guard. In his defense maybe he DID think she was acting crazy due to being crazy. Yeah, he should have checked though.

The falsified records are actually more disturbing to me than the incident.
 
2008-07-01 12:53:35 PM
PrinceofFark:being a dumbass for a chagne

Is a chagne a foreign currency?

:)
 
2008-07-01 12:53:38 PM
Lusiphur:skabbo:It only gets really dangerous if you go up above 1-2 grams/day.

Which, when you think about it, is only 4 250ml pills a day, and a lot of people are taking extra strength 400ml+ pills for everything.


Oh yeah, I'm not denying that it happens often. I even think that the bottle's stated maximum of 4g/day is far into the 'overkill' territory, and there are people who take more than that.

TrixieDelite:Been to the ER a couple times, but the worst was when I had the most excruciating pain in my left side, from my shoulder, down my back to the bottom of my rib cage. Every breath felt like someone was stabbing me, and it only got worse. I was treated for pleurisy (which I'd had before) and sent home.

The next day, even though I was on Vicodin, the pain was unbearable. Went back to the ER, they upped the meds and sent me home. That night, I seriously thought I was dying. They finally did a CT scan and found a blood clot in my lung.

I was admitted right then and given a nice cocktail of blood thinners and pain killers.



I had the exact same symptoms, and it turned out to be two collapsed lungs (Left 100%, Right 60%). Strangely, I hadn't noticed much shortness of breath, just severe chest/back/shoulder pain. Ended up staying there for 2 weeks with chest tubes in, before finally having a thorascopy / pleurodesis.
 
2008-07-01 12:57:44 PM
skabbo:I had the exact same symptoms, and it turned out to be two collapsed lungs (Left 100%, Right 60%). Strangely, I hadn't noticed much shortness of breath, just severe chest/back/shoulder pain. Ended up staying there for 2 weeks with chest tubes in, before finally having a thorascopy / pleurodesis.

Unbelievable. How do your lungs just collapse like that? Is it an infection or a genetic thing, or were you in an accident?
 
2008-07-01 12:58:47 PM
PrinceofFark:I've had nasty viral infections before, needing antibiotics

Based on this and MetalLizard's post, I'm bowing out.
 
2008-07-01 12:59:14 PM
Hipchewy1:Rev. Skarekroe:Hipchewy1:He's the type that never goes to the doctor because he can man it out but when he woke up this morning he was in the worst pain of his life. I know that a sunburn doesn't sound like much but trust me he looks like shiat and was in some real pain.

Do they not have doc-in-a-box clinics in Brooklyn?

I have no idea. I have never seen one here. The hospital was 1 mile from my place and my boyfriends regular doctor is in Long Island. I certainly wasn't going to say fark you when he said he needed the ER.


There is a real easy way to figure that out. Use a phone book or the internet. Heck, you can even call most hospitals and they will tell you were a walk in clinic is. Most acute care clinics can give you pain meds (injections) if they are really needed.

Are people really this helpless? The first things I figure out when I move somewhere is where the grocery store is and where things like a walk in clinic is. Ironically the previous move I had to go pay them a visit after sticking a rusty nail into my hand.
 
2008-07-01 12:59:32 PM
The Mind Boggles:The_Original_Roxtar:Hipchewy1:This does't surprise me at all. The hospitals in Brooklyn are scary.

I had to take my Boyfriend to the ER this morning and I choose to take him to Woodhull which is just as terrible as Kings is. He had a terrible sunburn from the weekend and he was getting blisters and was in some serious pain.



tell your boyfriend to stop being such a pussy.
/hotlinked.
//has had crazy blister sunburn before... no reason to go to the ER.

VINEGAR. Plain white vinegar is the best for a sunburn. I am as white as they come and even with SPF 70 I can still burn if I am not careful and diligent in reapplying sunblock. The vinegar takes the sting out and speeds the healing. You peel faster, but at least the dead skin tissue will be gone.


THIS. I had sun poisoning on my face - it was swolen and then the blisters appeared and I felt like hell. I soaked a washcloth in vinegar and kept it on my face for as long as I could stand it (I hate the smell) and in a couple days it started to heal. It never even occurred to me to go to a doctor, let alone an ER. It's a severe sunburn for God's sake - not an amputated limb.
 
2008-07-01 12:59:52 PM
It was a Psych Ward and NOT an ER.
 
2008-07-01 01:02:12 PM
TrixieDelite:skabbo:I had the exact same symptoms, and it turned out to be two collapsed lungs (Left 100%, Right 60%). Strangely, I hadn't noticed much shortness of breath, just severe chest/back/shoulder pain. Ended up staying there for 2 weeks with chest tubes in, before finally having a thorascopy / pleurodesis.

Unbelievable. How do your lungs just collapse like that? Is it an infection or a genetic thing, or were you in an accident?


No accident or anything. They ruled it idiopathic, and guessed that it was "Probably inevitable, and just happened to occur now".

Personally I suspect Marfan Syndrome. I was never formally diagnosed, but I'm 6'2, 135 lbs (no matter how much I eat), with slight scoliosis, unusally long, thin fingers, and unexplained leg pain. Along with the collapsed lungs, those are all symptomatic of Marfan.
 
2008-07-01 01:03:30 PM
BHShaman:It was a Psych Ward and NOT an ER.

*sigh* Give it up. You're at least the third person (including me) to point this out. This is an ER/sunburn thread now.
 
2008-07-01 01:07:26 PM
FreakusJocasta:i really have to say you piss me off. i live in miami where the radiation from one summer is equivalant to two anywhere else in the country. i'm irish with reddish brown hair and blue eyes. i have been burned to shiat to where my skin has cracked and i needed to see a pediatrician (note: it was when i was a dumb kid) for sun poisoning. your boyfriend is a pussy.
70 blcok does nothing. after spf 15, the strength of the sunblock no longer correlates equally with the time. it still lasts longer, but is not going to be descreasingly strong after 15 minutes on an exponential scale. you waste your money and your boyfriend is a pussy.




i think i'm in love. . .
 
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