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(KHOU Houston)   Mother of the year candidate turns to WebMD instead of taking her son to the hospital after he gets shot   (khou.com) divider line 94
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2013-05-08 09:08:32 PM
Considering the amount of money that would cost the uninsured in Texas, its not terribly surprising that their first instinct would be to try to avoid it.
 
2013-05-08 09:16:00 PM
what happens if you swallow Weapons grade plutonium??
 
2013-05-08 09:24:30 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: what happens if you swallow Weapons grade plutonium??


Do NOT induce vomiting

/unless you have a lead toilet
 
2013-05-08 09:30:20 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: what happens if you swallow Weapons grade plutonium??


what if you wswallowed a lead bullet
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-05-08 09:31:28 PM
Well, guns are safe right?  So what's the problem?
 
2013-05-08 09:34:31 PM

vpb: Well, guns are safe right?  So what's the problem?


the problem is gun laws
 
2013-05-08 09:39:57 PM
Why shouldn't she? Drs. would as well.
 
2013-05-08 09:56:56 PM
Another gun owner shows that profound sense of responsibility they're famous for.
 
2013-05-08 09:57:54 PM
surprised she didnt turn to ask reddit. maybe if he had been conscious
 
2013-05-08 10:01:15 PM
Isn't WebMD for diagnosing your sniffles as brain cancer? That makes this woman even more dumb, because I'm pretty sure a gun-shot wound can be diagnosed as a gun-shot wound by anyone who knows what a gun is and what it does.
 
2013-05-08 10:02:58 PM
the incident was captured on the home's in-house surveillance video system

???
 
2013-05-08 10:20:46 PM
media.khou.com
Nice place you got there. Real cheery.
 
2013-05-08 10:24:00 PM
The 14 year old was shot by a 24 year old friend playing with a gun, then the mother checked WebMD?

I'm thinking that that 14 year old is not off to a promising life.

On the plus side, the mother didn't try and figure it out for herself.
 
2013-05-08 10:25:44 PM
"You've got...leprosy!"
 
2013-05-08 10:27:39 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: what happens if you swallow Weapons grade plutonium??


Shrodinger's Dumbass.
 
2013-05-08 10:32:15 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: what happens if you swallow Weapons grade plutonium??


1. Immediately remove yourself from populated areas.

2. Order a lead casket.
 
2013-05-08 10:34:21 PM
In before the "she had internet so she must have been able to afford health insurance" crowd.
 
2013-05-08 11:07:10 PM
Paging Charles Darwin to the courtesy phone. Mr. Darwin to the white courtesy phone.

I bet these are the same kind of people who will call 911 for a runny nose, too.
 
2013-05-08 11:10:59 PM

Sleeping Monkey: Considering the amount of money that would cost the uninsured in Texas, its not terribly surprising that their first instinct would be to try to avoid it.


This.

A human life is precious, but hospitals are EXPENSIVE.
 
2013-05-08 11:11:39 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: what happens if you swallow Weapons grade plutonium??


UPPU
 
2013-05-08 11:12:41 PM

doglover: Sleeping Monkey: Considering the amount of money that would cost the uninsured in Texas, its not terribly surprising that their first instinct would be to try to avoid it.

This.

A human life is precious, but hospitals are EXPENSIVE.


Not really. His condition would most definately be covered under EMTALA at the very least, if not partially by the State's trauma fund.
 
2013-05-08 11:13:29 PM
funnyasduck.net
 
2013-05-08 11:16:08 PM
I'm going to guess that someone in that house was here illegally, and since gunshot wounds have to be reported to the police, they were looking to cut down on trouble.  Or the shooter was intimidating everybody because he knew it would have to be reported.

Gunshot wounds aren't just about hospital bills.  You also have to deal with the police.
 
2013-05-08 11:19:24 PM

hardinparamedic: doglover: Sleeping Monkey: Considering the amount of money that would cost the uninsured in Texas, its not terribly surprising that their first instinct would be to try to avoid it.

This.

A human life is precious, but hospitals are EXPENSIVE.

Not really. His condition would most definately be covered under EMTALA at the very least, if not partially by the State's trauma fund.


Da fark is EMTALA? Sounds like a spider.

Doesn't matter what kind of saftey net you have in place if you don't get the word out. Here's an idea: end the war on drugs and use the anti-drug PSA time slots to publicize how it's affordable to go to the hospital.


Also remember they report gunshot wounds to the police. That could have been a factor here. No everyone wants the cops knowing they've been hit.
 
2013-05-08 11:25:59 PM

hardinparamedic: doglover: Sleeping Monkey: Considering the amount of money that would cost the uninsured in Texas, its not terribly surprising that their first instinct would be to try to avoid it.

This.

A human life is precious, but hospitals are EXPENSIVE.

Not really. His condition would most definately be covered under EMTALA at the very least, if not partially by the State's trauma fund.


Da fuq is this? Only covers gunshots? because otherwise I don't understand why I'm getting collection calls for a 15K hospital bill after a car accident.
 
2013-05-08 11:47:54 PM

Peki: Da fuq is this? Only covers gunshots? because otherwise I don't understand why I'm getting collection calls for a 15K hospital bill after a car accident.


EMTALA means that the hospital cannot refuse to treat your life-threatening or limb-threatening injury, such as a gunshot wound, because you cannot pay for the treatment.

It does not prevent you from being billed after the fact.

doglover: Also remember they report gunshot wounds to the police. That could have been a factor here. No everyone wants the cops knowing they've been hit.


Pretty much this right here. Going to the hospital with a GSW means an investigation. Unsavory personal matters come to light.

doglover: Doesn't matter what kind of saftey net you have in place if you don't get the word out


Oh, trust me. They know about it. It's the reason an ambulance service can get 300 calls in a year to the same residence for a runny nose.
 
2013-05-08 11:51:34 PM

hardinparamedic: doglover: Sleeping Monkey: Considering the amount of money that would cost the uninsured in Texas, its not terribly surprising that their first instinct would be to try to avoid it.

This.

A human life is precious, but hospitals are EXPENSIVE.

Not really. His condition would most definately be covered under EMTALA at the very least, if not partially by the State's trauma fund.


As I understand it, these funds do not reduce a patient's liability for medical bills.  They are last-resort compensation to providers after every possible nickel has been squeezed out of patients.  Their intent is to keep providers in business, not to relieve patients' debts.
 
2013-05-08 11:54:55 PM

BarkingUnicorn: As I understand it, these funds do not reduce a patient's liability for medical bills. They are last-resort compensation to providers after every possible nickel has been squeezed out of patients. Their intent is to keep providers in business, not to relieve patients' debts.


It's a little more complicated than that. They are the only things that keep a Level 1 Trauma center operating, and it's the reason there are so few of them nationally compared with other hospital types. There is no money in it, and quite a bit to lose without federal and state subsidies picking up the operating costs of keeping multiple specialities on site and on call 24/7, and keeping speciality resources dedicated SPECIFICALLY to trauma care, while still operating.
 
2013-05-08 11:56:19 PM

hardinparamedic: Peki: Da fuq is this? Only covers gunshots? because otherwise I don't understand why I'm getting collection calls for a 15K hospital bill after a car accident.

EMTALA means that the hospital cannot refuse to treat your life-threatening or limb-threatening injury, such as a gunshot wound, because you cannot pay for the treatment.

It does not prevent you from being billed after the fact.

doglover: Also remember they report gunshot wounds to the police. That could have been a factor here. No everyone wants the cops knowing they've been hit.

Pretty much this right here. Going to the hospital with a GSW means an investigation. Unsavory personal matters come to light.

doglover: Doesn't matter what kind of saftey net you have in place if you don't get the word out

Oh, trust me. They know about it. It's the reason an ambulance service can get 300 calls in a year to the same residence for a runny nose.


You can still get billed after the fact. Might as well die at that point, if the bill's high enough.
 
2013-05-09 12:02:43 AM
But, she read it on the internet, so it must be true. Is this article implying that something on the internet wasn't true? I refuse to believe it I mean I know that everything I read on FARK i true, because...
emotibot.net
 
2013-05-09 12:04:43 AM

hardinparamedic: doglover: Sleeping Monkey: Considering the amount of money that would cost the uninsured in Texas, its not terribly surprising that their first instinct would be to try to avoid it.

This.

A human life is precious, but hospitals are EXPENSIVE.

Not really. His condition would most definately be covered under EMTALA at the very least, if not partially by the State's trauma fund.


Does this woman sound smart enough to have realized that on her own? I mean, look at the actions she took, she's not the sharpest tool in the shed.
 
2013-05-09 12:05:33 AM
So close!
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2013-05-09 12:08:48 AM

doglover: You can still get billed after the fact. Might as well die at that point, if the bill's high enough.


IIRC, Tejas is one of those states where as long as you send in at least a cent a month, they cannot consider the bill delinquent.
 
2013-05-09 12:12:22 AM
It was a leg shot, anyway. Some people don't like to go to hospital for such trivial things.

Working at the local zoo as a yoot, I heard stories from friends who were kerpers. One guy was in a Florida circus.

They had a bull elephant who liked to kick, so one day they were working with him, and the elephant kicked out. The head keeper's hand was caught on steel beam and two tons of bull elephant kick crushed it flat like in a cartoon. A lot of meat popped out. Nasty injury. He went to the first aid kit, got some tape and wrapped it, took an aspirin, and was back at work in minutes.

He didn't go to the hospital for a week, when his hand started to heal into a flipper. I bet that guy would w
have walked off a thigh shot.
 
2013-05-09 12:41:40 AM
So, what is WedMD's advice for a gunshot wound? I'm guessing it's something like, "biatch, get your ass to a hospital!"
 
2013-05-09 12:43:01 AM
Let me guess: lead poisoning?
 
2013-05-09 12:44:21 AM

Sleeping Monkey: Considering the amount of money that would cost the uninsured in Texas, its not terribly surprising that their first instinct would be to try to avoid it.


Yeah, that's what I came here to say.  Hospitals are expensive;  you can make a new kid for free.
 
2013-05-09 12:44:32 AM
Hurry, WebMD, I need help! I have to know where all of the muscles, connective tissue, blood vessels, vital organs and etc. are so I can remove the bullet without causing additional damage! There's no time for a full anatomy course, just give me a diagram of what's in that area. After that, I'm gonna need to know the best way to staunch bleeding, prevent infection, and stitch all the damaged tissues back together. What should I use for suture? Standard sewing thread? Which gauge of needle is best? How many nerve endings are nearby, and is this going to cause enough pain where I should consider using an anesthetic? What should I use for an anesthetic? Will whiskey work? Because I have whiskey. How much? If he passes out drunk, is he more or less likely to hemorrhage due to the effect of the alcohol? Because hemorrhaging is bad. I think. It's near one of his livers. What happens if I nick a liver? It'll basically heal itself because it's so very vascular, right? If that happens, do I - you know - need to do anything? For the love of God, HURRY, WebMD, we haven't got much time!1!

/Or, you know...take him to the ER and let the pros do their thing.
 
2013-05-09 12:47:02 AM
If you're 24 years old and pointing a gun at some one... you're not playing with it.

It's like having a gasoline fight at that point... you know well enough what you're doing.
 
2013-05-09 12:47:19 AM
I went to Web MD and found out this much.....

cache1.bigcartel.com
 
2013-05-09 12:49:11 AM
It was lupus....
 
2013-05-09 12:50:38 AM
STFU HOUSE!
 
2013-05-09 12:50:59 AM

TommyymmoT: [media.khou.com image 600x448]
Nice place you got there. Real cheery.


That place has an in-home surveillance video system?
 
2013-05-09 12:54:15 AM
Protip: Being shot is not the same thing as lead poisoning
 
2013-05-09 12:56:24 AM

Mrbogey: It's like having a gasoline fight


Even male models can't not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.
 
2013-05-09 01:01:41 AM

Shostie: the incident was captured on the home's in-house surveillance video system

???


Sounds like they wanted to be the stars of their own reality show...
 
2013-05-09 01:03:19 AM

HortusMatris: TommyymmoT: [media.khou.com image 600x448]
Nice place you got there. Real cheery.

That place has an in-home surveillance video system?


The camera daddy installed in the shower got knocked out of alignment and was pointing out towards the living room.
 
2013-05-09 01:04:07 AM

Sleeping Monkey: Considering the amount of money that would cost the uninsured in Texas, its not terribly surprising that their first instinct would be to try to avoid it.


Keep your guns, it's healthcare for all, rich or poor that you would have to pry from my cold dead hand.
canflag.com
 
2013-05-09 01:11:29 AM
So "fail" is for the for-profit healthcare scheme we have going on here? No? Ok.
 
2013-05-09 01:11:41 AM
Still infinitely better than praying for the bullet to come out and for the bleeding to stop.
 
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