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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 03:49 PM
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20. That was pretty much my experience at the ER here in downtown Orlando
Florida Regional is it? When I wrote of it the usual smartasses around here replied with "I call bullshit" and they insisted that no one was ever turned away from an ER. When I was there I waited eight hours with what I thought was a burst appendix (it was gallstones). No one ever admitted me. They took my name and insurance card and asked me to take a seat, but that's where the services ended. I have crap insurance, so no one ever checked on me. I was vomiting into a bucket and in complete agony, as were the forty or so other human beings in wheelchairs, gurneys, and lying on the floor or propped up against wall. One fellow would be patient told me that a guy who was there for a suspected heart attack, passed out in a wheelchair about ten feet away from us, had been the for over 15 hours and no one had checked on him. I knew that my prospects of getting seen were slim to none after hearing that (I hope the poor fellow was still breathing)! There were people crying out in pain, people with significant bleeding, and I sure wasn't the only one vomiting there. It was hell. Eventually I decided that if my appendix (which is what I still thought it was) was going to kill me than I'd rather die at home then in that hellhole. I wheeled myself to the curb and got a cab. Lucky for me I only had a nasty case of gallstones that I cured with a vile Chinese folk treatment instead of 24k worth of surgery. For those of us whole can't afford good insurance the system isn't there for us, period.
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  -A personal experience with the health care system this week. madfloridian  Jan-01-10 09:24 PM   #0 
  - I can't believe someone unreccd this post -  givemebackmycountry   Jan-01-10 09:37 PM   #1 
  - some people are freeps or just hate some of us who actually make OP's, & MF is 1 of the best, so  Divine Discontent   Jan-02-10 01:57 PM   #10 
  - Not me.  ThatsMyBarack   Jan-02-10 07:03 PM   #28 
  - Which hospital, where?  elleng   Jan-01-10 09:44 PM   #2 
  - The point is, it doesn't matter  tavalon   Jan-02-10 05:26 PM   #24 
     - I think it does matter.  elleng   Jan-02-10 07:32 PM   #30 
        - I have, twice, when I went with friends  sabrina 1   Jan-02-10 08:30 PM   #31 
        - Excellent post.  madfloridian   Jan-02-10 08:32 PM   #32 
        - I agree that we could afford a system (with or without 'adventures.')  elleng   Jan-02-10 08:57 PM   #35 
        - Sadly I think you're right. Somewhere along the line, this  sabrina 1   Jan-03-10 06:29 PM   #49 
        - it does not seem to matter  bonnieS   Jan-03-10 10:33 AM   #45 
           - I should have said:  bonnieS   Jan-03-10 10:38 AM   #46 
        - I wasn't the one who described it  tavalon   Jan-03-10 01:41 AM   #41 
        - It's a great hospital...but things have changed in the last few years.  madfloridian   Jan-05-10 11:21 PM   #58 
        - I have. At Florida Regional. He was lucky to have seen anyone at all. nt  Lorien   Jan-03-10 09:12 PM   #54 
  - That is horrifying, and wrong on every level.  CaliforniaPeggy   Jan-01-10 09:51 PM   #3 
  - I agree. It was a scary thing to see.  madfloridian   Jan-01-10 10:48 PM   #5 
  - And republicans always complain about wait times......  Joe the Liberal   Jan-01-10 09:58 PM   #4 
  - I went to a quiet, unbusy emergency room. I had no insurance.  Manifestor_of_Light   Jan-02-10 05:30 AM   #6 
  - Frankly, it sounds like a hospital you would find in an impoverished country. nt  Selatius   Jan-02-10 06:28 AM   #7 
  - Houston, Texas.  Manifestor_of_Light   Jan-02-10 09:36 PM   #37 
  - I am sorry for your experience. It sounds awful.  crispini   Jan-02-10 08:44 AM   #8 
  - Get well soon to your hubby, Mad!!  proud2BlibKansan   Jan-02-10 01:49 PM   #9 
  - First, I send good wishes to your husband for a full, quick recovery.  LWolf   Jan-02-10 02:18 PM   #11 
  - WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT???  Rozlee   Jan-02-10 03:58 PM   #21 
     - That's exactly my concern.  LWolf   Jan-02-10 04:19 PM   #22 
        - LWolf, I'm not sure about this, but could you possibly have your  Rozlee   Jan-02-10 10:53 PM   #39 
           - This is a good idea. I'll give him a call and suggest it. Thanks! nt  LWolf   Jan-03-10 12:03 PM   #48 
              - Strep > scarlet fever, etc.  elleng   Jan-03-10 06:50 PM   #50 
  - How is your husband doing?  Vinca   Jan-02-10 02:31 PM   #12 
  - My personal experience this week was...  blackbear79   Jan-02-10 02:43 PM   #13 
  - Unfortunately, I must agree with your assessment  laughingliberal   Jan-02-10 02:56 PM   #14 
  - Yep, self employed here too  Lorien   Jan-02-10 04:33 PM   #23 
  - Yeah, I've seen the same  austin78704   Jan-02-10 03:09 PM   #15 
  - Welcome to DU  juno jones   Jan-03-10 09:06 PM   #52 
  - Hope your husband is doing well, now  laughingliberal   Jan-02-10 03:14 PM   #16 
  - What a nightmare of a story, Mad  Iwillnevergiveup   Jan-02-10 03:28 PM   #17 
  - I live in an area of So Calif. with one emergency room serving the needs of  LibDemAlways   Jan-02-10 03:29 PM   #18 
  - This is exactly why healthcare should be a right, not a commodity.  Odin2005   Jan-02-10 03:31 PM   #19 
  - That was pretty much my experience at the ER here in downtown Orlando  Lorien   Jan-02-10 03:49 PM   #20 
  - been a mess for a long time  NJCher   Jan-02-10 05:46 PM   #25 
  - K&R I hope he's alright now.  pleah   Jan-02-10 06:12 PM   #26 
  - That's nothing...  starzdust   Jan-02-10 06:25 PM   #27 
  - I'm so sorry, Starzdust. Wishing better times for you...  Stardust   Jan-02-10 09:36 PM   #36 
  - Been there too many times  marginlized   Jan-02-10 07:14 PM   #29 
  - limpballs will be painting a much different picture of american healthcare on monday...  dysfunctional press   Jan-02-10 08:38 PM   #33 
  - Need to end "for profit" health care ... you can't do that by cementing corps into it -- !!!  defendandprotect   Jan-02-10 08:48 PM   #34 
  - It is awful. As a former RN, I have witnessed and heard countless stories  debbierlus   Jan-02-10 09:48 PM   #38 
  - I'm glad to hear that Mr. Madflo is going to be better soon. Thank you for sharing this  bertman   Jan-03-10 12:21 AM   #40 
  - I've had more experience with hospitals and the so-called health care system in the last year  Greyhound   Jan-03-10 02:48 AM   #42 
  - here's a non-horror story  katkat   Jan-03-10 07:13 AM   #43 
  - This is all very scary stuff  DFW   Jan-03-10 07:31 AM   #44 
  - I too found myself in the ER Dec 27th in California.....  AnneD   Jan-03-10 10:54 AM   #47 
  - I have been in many ER situations  blueamy66   Jan-03-10 06:56 PM   #51 
  - I am sorry.  juno jones   Jan-03-10 09:08 PM   #53 
  - my experiences in France & Britain  bongbong   Jan-04-10 10:53 AM   #55 
  - The USAmerikan Empire is doomed...  ProudDad   Jan-04-10 01:26 PM   #56 
  - oh my gosh. you are making me so jealous  liberal_at_heart   Jan-06-10 03:41 AM   #61 
  - "What if I had not been there?"  Ignis   Jan-04-10 02:03 PM   #57 
  - My dad had a stroke and had to wait 10 hours for a room to open up.  Fire_Medic_Dave   Jan-05-10 11:43 PM   #59 
  - I wish I weren't too late to rec this thread. Thank you for your story.  liberal_at_heart   Jan-05-10 11:51 PM   #60 
  - "...one of the largest, most complete, most respected hospitals in Florida"  dysfunctional press   Jan-06-10 06:00 AM   #62 
  - Had a similar experience at a local hospital with my dad.  PA Democrat   Jan-06-10 07:59 AM   #63 
  - I believe the quality of care depends on three things:  Tracer   Jan-06-10 08:18 AM   #64 
 

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