Thursday, September 2, 2010

Is it all its cracked up to be?

So, my mom was out here a little while ago and was fabulous enough to take my son to a dr's appointment. Turns out he had an ear infection and was prescribed a very common antibiotic. So after forgetting about it and not really being on schedule with it, we finally got it on track and his ears are clearing up.

Well, yesterday he woke up looking kinda weird. He had a crazy rash all over his body, not itchy, not raised; he wouldn't have even known if I didn't make him shower right when I saw it. So by last night after he had gone to sleep, he woke up at about midnight and looked like death warmed over.

That was it, got dressed, contacts in, shoes on. Got him bundled up and took him to the ER. Here is where it got interesting for me.

I hear all the time how our "free" universal medical system makes for insane wait times and all around bad service.

From walking in the door, registering, going to the triage nurse, getting into a room,
seeing the dr, getting a diagnosis (allergic to the antibiotic amoxicillin),
got a prescription for a different one, got him bundled again and got back in the car
was less than an hour.

I find that when it is something important, it is dealt with as quickly as possible. When it involves children it is dealt with as quickly as possible.

After all the problems that we have been dealing with… my grandma being in the hospital for 2 weeks (with amazing care), being at home, rushed through specialists, blood work, doctors appointments, scans, back in and out of the hospital and now this experience with my son, I have actually gotten more appreciation for our Health Care system.

That’s my rant today

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