A “Room” in the Corridor

My Mom's "room" in one of Queen's Hospital's corridors

Good Morning, God!

I’m a bit late this morning — due to the TIME at Queen’s Emergency Room yesterday. Monday’s are busy in the ERs, God. And Queens is OVER capacity — thus the “room” in the corridor. It was a nice wide corridor, though. And it was an “inner” corridor. So, no big deal.

The Big Deal was my Mom’s fall that morning and bump on her head! YIKES! I must say, God, at first I though she could just go and get checked by her doctor at the local clinic. But a call to them, while on my way back from lunch, made it clear — it HAD to be the ER!

Meanwhile, since I had been at a meeting with my phone turned off, Kit had gotten Mom’s call and hurried over. They were playing scrabble when I arrived. That was VERY reassuring, God!

But her “wound” was still oozing and looked scary. So off my Mom and I went to the ER.

I must say, God, everyone at Queen’s was super kind and loving. They took her right in. They didn’t even put our purses through the security scanner. Still, they were on OVERLOAD! Right away they put patches on her so they could do an EKG. Come to think of it, they never did do an EKG and I don’t remember anyone taking the patches off. I’d better check.

They also inserted an IV port that they never used — but that they did take out. And when the doctor said she was waiting for the Cat Scan results I had to be Quite Firm that Mom had NOT had a Cat Scan. So, it was back to get the Cat Scan. I must say, NO ONE should go through ER without an Advocate and Observer! 

The doctor, who’s husband had just been admitted to the hospital, advised an overnight stay. But, by THAT POINT my Mother had become Quite Firm. And when the Cat Scan showed a “good brain” we set off for home.

Home is a much less stressful place to be. Thank You, God, for helpful, caring people. And, maybe you could help us DO MEDICINE a little better?

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2 comments on “A “Room” in the Corridor
  1. adriana says:

    Hugs to your mom and you as well, Margie…this can be scary for all concerned. Glad the outcome was positive.
    Adriana

  2. You have only gotten started on the problem of health care and the huge problem if Mom had been admitted to Queens. Problem 1. You should make a check sheet of have a small book to keep track of everything! There a possibility that you will have a different doctor every day because of the new system and can not be sure the doctor has read your mother’s chart or knows anything about her. They will not know anything about her as a person.
    It is important for every one in your family has a copy of her end of life wishes that is official. I have other ideas if you want to call.

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