Friday, January 05, 2007

Oh the joys of pursuing health care

Yesterday Maya slipped on an icy sidewalk and did the classic fall...legs went up, back went splat. She was wearing her hood so her head didn't hit very hard, most of the impact went on her left elbow with a bit on her right wrist. Ice packs, ibuprofen and a night sleeping on the couch with her arm propped on a pillow didn't do much for her. Still sore today, so I took her to our family doctor. Our regular doctor wasn't in today, neither was his partner who we know quite well, we got "the new guy" who has a name but didn't bother to tell us what it is :P Dr. Guessmyname poked and prodded, had Maya do some movements with her arm and said that it most likely was not broken as a broken elbow would inhibit her range of motion much more than was evident BUT he wanted it xrayed anyway. His office manager told us to go through the ER, that it would be faster than just going to the xray department without an appointment. Off to the ER, wait in line to be processed...move to xray department and wait in line...sit in the waiting room and wait. Three quick xrays and more waiting, just to make sure the pics came out clear ;) Then, back to the ER to wait for the xrays to be read by a doctor. Wait. Wait. Wait. Oh my gosh, we waited more than an hour and a half before being seen by a doctor. This is a small town, folks, it's not that busy of an ER, especially during the day when all the doctors are open. And the upshot of all that time? It's not broken, just as Dr. Anonymous told us three hours earlier. Sigh. Guess I can't blame Maya for being disappointed that she will be just fine ;)

5 comments:

Michele said...

Hugs to Maya!!! And :P on the wait.

Christi said...

Our ER is that bad too. Luckily they opened an Urgent Care Center. It's open every day from 9-9 and it cost the same as a doctors visit. Not a bad wait because the folks with medical cards still go to the ER.

Glad she's ok! When I was little I always wanted a broken arm so I could have a cast. Never happened!

Karen said...

Hugs for Maya...

Isn't it annoying when a Dr thinks they are too important to tell you their name. Maybe they figure you should already know it... either way, ugh!

Anne said...

Poor Maya! I hope her arm feels better soon.

LoisLane said...

Hugs to Maya. Hope the arm feels better soon.
And :p on the wait. One reason I like my new doctor, which is a new office. I'm sure that will change as they get more patients though.