3 days ago, i woke up with sharp pain in my right lung, i couldn't inhale and had trouble breathing, i didn't think much of it though, i just figured that i slept the wrong way or maybe pulled a muscle. around 9:15 am this morning, i checked into the emergency and this is what happened.
0915--Check in, 1 form, no ID, 5 minutes.
0927--Nurse calls me in for evaluation, blood pressure, temperature checks. proof of insurance.
0935- changed into hospital gown, checked into room 1. waiting to see doctor.
0950- Doctor comes in, i describe the symptons, answer family history and/or any health problems. Doctor ask for an X-ray.
1010- Nurse escorts me to the X-ray room, then back to room 1, waiting for doctor again.
1033-Doctors comes back, X-ray clean, no signs of anything. He suggests an EKG to check the heart.
1039-Nurse comes in with ekg machine, hooks me up, gets a print out, leaves.
1052-Doctors comes back in, still not showing any problems, suggests a blood test, also, nurse comes back with 2 pills, Vicodin (painkiller) and an Anti-inflammatory pill (i think, oh what do i know, i'm thinking about the needles) http://img526.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ivtz2.jpg
1104- Nurse comes in, takes 3 samples of blood, i couldn't help but notice that she had the biggest tits i've ever seen :} i couldn't even feel the needles, lool
1320- so after more than 2 hours of waiting for the results of the blood test to come back, laying in that hospital bed, the doctor comes in, and is puzzled about all this b/c he can't find anything wrong with me, the blood test comes back normal, the x-ray shows normal, the ekg shows normal, so finally he suggests a CT scan,
1400- Nurse comes back, pushes me down the hall to the radiology department, pulls the brakes and leaves me in front of the door, this is weird, you should have seen the look on some of the folks walking by me,
1410- I'm put on the Cat Scan bed, they give me Saline through an IV injection. i get this warm feeling like i'm laying down on an oven or something, there is also this feeling in my mouth like i just took a sip of hot coffee.
1425- Nurse takes me back to my room, waiting for doctor.
1500- ...still waiting, watching cnn.
1520- Finally the doctor comes back, still not sure whats going on with me, at this point, i'm thinking what the hell kind of hospital is this?! he makes a diagnosis, he says that it may be Pleurisy, a condition that can be caused by many things from the common flu to blood clots, he prescribes me something, says that i shouldn't be worried b/c it will probably go away in week or so.
1535- Check out time, :}
now, aside from routine check ups, this is by far the longest i've ever been in a hospital, i was worried about the health care system in this country mostly b/c of the media, but i gotta say, from my experience, its pretty good. 8/10.