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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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