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Friday, October 30, 2020

In the ER

 

My view for nearly three hours


When I first arrived at the ER the ambulance was bringing in a white guy in a orange jump suit.  I didn’t think anything of it as I was in a bad way at the time.  In the waiting room I stood in the corner.  Four other people were in there.  A black woman with her older daughter came in after, both nice looking.  I caught from the admit nurse part of the conversation. The daughter had braces recently installed.  There was a sharp wire on the braces and they had come to the emergency room.  Good grief!  I was called in.  Laying on the bed in cubicle four I could hear conversations next to me.  Sounded like two law officers talking back and forth and thought maybe they had brought someone in?  Anyway later a black guy is wheeled in on a gurney, he too in a orange jumpsuit.  I see hand cuffs on his wrist and ankle.  “Oh my goodness these guys are prisoners!!”  My mind goes to movies I’ve seen where prisoners fake a illness so they get taken to the hospital where they escape and take hostages.  I want out of there anytime soon.  When I left three hours later no one was in the waiting room except a black guy who was still sitting in the corner playing on his cell phone.  He was one of the original four from the beginning. What, he just hangs out in a hospital ER waiting room to get out of the cold wind?
I spent the night in the hospital parking lot and slept well.



11 comments:

  1. It is so good to hear from you! Hope that you have made it back to California okay.

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  2. Spending the night in Emergency isn't anyone's idea of fun, not even those unfortunate chaps in the orange jumpsuits! I'm glad you are feeling better and I hope you've travelled safely to your destination. And I'm sending a cuddle to Beans. I'm certain that she has been a great help to you through this emergency. Animals are very calming creatures.

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    1. The long drive ended Friday afternoon. Beans was happy to see the house. She remembered.

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  3. I've heard that people who don't have healthcare and don't have a doctor, use the ER as their primary care physicians. Funny that the woman didn't take her daughter to the orthodontist. The sharp braces reminds me of when I had 'em top and bottom and got hit in the face with a football.

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    1. The admit nurse asked in disbelief “Didn’t your orthodontist give you some wire clippers or anything?”

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  4. Thanks for letting us know you are safely at home! Pet Beans a little extra for me.- Mary

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  5. Ah, you never know what you're gonna find in the ER. Not fun at any level, but when you need it, you need it. They saved my life a couple of times. Glad you and Beans are safe. Take good care, John. Give Beans a snuggle from us. :)

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