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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:

Alfonso Bedoya said...

Did you get back to Santa Rosa OK?

RedPat said...

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

Shammickite said...

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.

John W. Wall said...

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.

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

Yes, arrived Friday afternoon in good shape

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

Yes, arrived Friday afternoon okay.

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

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

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

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

shadowcat410 said...

Take Care, John. Miss you. xoxo

anonymous said...

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

Karen said...

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. :)