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YOU HAVE THE FLU--- SUCK IT UP AND MOVE ON

Posted on: February 11, 2008 12:21 pm
 

Do you have a sore throat, runny nose, fever, body aches, a cough that sounds like it comes from your toes, and feel generally like a big steaming pile of........

Guess what, you most likely have the flu and it bites.  However unless you are old, very young, or have another chronic health condition and need to be admitted to a hospital there is very little that can be done.

Why the rant?  Over the past 3 shifts in the ER we have seen so many people with the flu I have lost count.  These folks on average have waited 2 hours to get back to a room only to be told that we can try to treat their symptoms but there is no cure.  I have be called every name in the book, I have been told where to go and how to get there, and I have been told just how stupid these folks think I am.  Meanwhile, as they sat in the waiting room coughing and blowing their noses they have infected numerous other people who will be back in a couple of days with the complaint of  "flu-like symptoms"

OK rant over I feel better. 

Now drink your juice and go clean your room.  Oh yeah, call your Mom she misses you.

 

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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2008 1:12 pm
 

YOU HAVE THE FLU--- SUCK IT UP AND MOVE ON

xerxes, a thank you is always welcome and appreciated by I think everyone in a service oriented job.  Urgent Care's are great places provided you have insurance (medicaid is not considered insurance) and can pay the up front co-pay.  My group owns 5 UC's and I have worked in several.  What must be remembered is that they are "for profit" businesses.  If you are uninsured, have medicaid, or have hospitilazation insurance only, you can pay cash up front to be seen, and usually they will discount the service.  $400 stitches instead of $600 stitches.

They can get away with this because they are not Primary care physicians who have to take a certain percentage of goverment subsidised care or a hospital who by law cannot refuse a screening exam and stabilization to any person wanting to be seen.



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Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2008 9:55 am
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Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 10:40 am
 

YOU HAVE THE FLU--- SUCK IT UP AND MOVE ON

Why would anyone want to come to America?

"The school system... great healthcare...same reasons anybody would..."

- Ricky Bobby




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 9:43 am
 

YOU HAVE THE FLU--- SUCK IT UP AND MOVE ON

BTW, This rant should not in anyway make you re think going to the ER or your PCP.  Flu can be and is deadly to folks with chronic conditions, the very young and elderly.  I would rather someone come in to see me 10 times and have it be nothing than stay home that one time when it is something.  Just don't shoot the messenger if they tell you they can only treat your symptoms and can't give you a "quick fix".  Like I said, I'm there whether the patients show up or not, it's more fun if they're here.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 9:36 am
 

YOU HAVE THE FLU--- SUCK IT UP AND MOVE ON

I don't mind so much the taking care of folks with flu, cold, sore throat, splinters, etc.  It's when the people with those complaints rip me a new one because they have had to wait for a couple of hours to be seen.  I mean I have to be there whether the patients show up or not so it's more fun to at least have people to talk to (maybe help feel better).

The ER is such a different business model than anything else.  I mean in what other business could you go someplace, speak to a "specialist" who actually might know a little bit more about the reason you are there than the average joe, refuse to do what they advise, call them a moron, demand other services, and not pay for any of it?  Now I know those with insurance do pay a hefty co-pay but taround 40% of those folks we see will never pay a dime.  Not really an ideal business model. 




Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 7:45 am
 

YOU HAVE THE FLU--- SUCK IT UP AND MOVE ON

These are the people with no insurance, thus no GP or Family doctor. The ER is the only "doctor visit" they get since the old "clinics" are a thing of the past. And yes...it's idiotic.

I'm surprised, LM, they didn't ask for Morphine or Oxys while they were there!!!!




Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2008 1:47 am
 

YOU HAVE THE FLU--- SUCK IT UP AND MOVE ON

I hate that crap.  It impedes people who need care from getting it, and it increases health care costs in general.  The ER for the flu?  They should be embarrassed.  But instead they feel entitled to some 'care.'  Terrible.



Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2008 12:26 am
 

YOU HAVE THE FLU--- SUCK IT UP AND MOVE ON

I get the flu every year and never worry about flu shots. When I get sick I don't go to the doctor unless I think it is something other than the typical flu, cold, or other small stuff. When I do get one of those things I will only want to go to the doctor if I've been sick for like 5 days because then it can open up the door for other infections.



Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2008 4:39 pm
 

YOU HAVE THE FLU--- SUCK IT UP AND MOVE ON

I had my 1st urgent care experience this Friday night.  Actually it was pretty great considering what I have experienced in ER situations.  My 3 yr old had sxs of pink eye so I took her in to try to nip it in the bud.  Turned out to be an ear infection and allergies, but we were in and out in less than 2 hours.  Pretty pleasant experience overall.

You are a trooper LM.  I have actually had some pretty horrible experiences in ER's, but it is not worth going off on anyone.  I know that everyone is doing the best that they can. 




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2008 4:20 pm
 

YOU HAVE THE FLU--- SUCK IT UP AND MOVE ON

I can understand the frustration when dealing with sick people, they're cranky, nasty, etc... However, it also must be said that there comes a point when you don't think you're getting better after a certain period of time, that you should seek medical care.  I had the flu this year and developed pneumonia shortly after that...nothing serious, of course I'm one of these people who usually is gasping for breath before I'll go to the doctors.

I lost my stepfather due to complications of a the flu...he refused to go to the doctor, and when he finally allowed my mother to make an appointment, (they scheduled him for a Monday), it was too late.  Had he gone to the emergency room over that weekend instead of waiting for a doctors appointment, he may have still been with us.   I'm now a big advocate of flu shots and pneumonia shots for people over a certain age. 



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