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Someone come tuck me in please.

To say I'm tired is the understatement of the century.

Another evening of hospital fun with my family, this time my mother's turn. She had already been in for a brief stay due to congestive heart failure two weeks ago. Yesterday morning she woke up with an intense reaction to what we do not know, and it was bad enough that an ambulette was called. Unfortunately, they brought her to Coney Island Hospital instead of her preferred Memorial-Sloan.

NY'ers - please do not ever allow your loved ones to go to Coney Island Hospital. Ever.

Suffice to say, she was received by the emergency room at 12:30 PM, and by the time I got there at 8:30 PM, she was still on a bed in a random hallway, having not eaten nor received medication all day, and was crying her eyes out. Mind you, this was after a half hour of me searching for her, because no one knew where in the emergency room she was. Fuckers.

I immediately grabbed a doctor, any doctor, and demanded she deal with my mother. 20 minutes later I was signing her out of Coney Island hospital against their recommendations, put my mother in our van, and drove her into the city to Memorial-Sloan's urgant care unit.

15 minutes later she was seen by a doctor. 2 hours later she was on her way to her room upstairs.

I got home at 1 AM. And now I'm at work.

And I'm tired.


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Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
can your mom sue or anything? I hope she starts to feel better soon.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
No, there is no suing. It's just the way Coney Island hospital is. Admittedly, the emergency room was insane for some reason last night. There had to be at least 40 patients in there. Including several who were handcuffed to their beds.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Yikes! handcuffed? meep
I may just be lucky with the hospital here in town, but I have a hard time understanding how any hospital can leave people hanging out in the emergency room for 8 hours. They should send them to other hospitals if they can't handle their load.
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Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Did you not read how late I was up??? When did you want me to call you????
Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
You're a good son.
All the best to you and yours..
Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the rec. Myself and my loved ones will NEVER go to Coney Island Hospital! It sounds like the hospital I took my friend to in NOLA. The one where the doctor didn't wear gloves and put his hands (with dirt under the nails) all over my friend's headwound and then disappearedd for a half hour. Yeah. I took him home and cleaned it myself, because honestly? NO. Just NO.

How is your Mom now? You are a good son, I'm glad she has you, and I'm glad she's not in Coney Island anymore!!!

Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Much better than yesterday. Thank you.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
OMG. I can't imagine a hospital that poorly run.

I'm glad you rescued your Mom! Good luck to her.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry about your mom! That just sucks. I've already had the crap experience of seeing callow medical treatment of my parents, and I'd kill, kill, kill if someone made my mom cry like that.

You're a good son.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Remind me to give you a great big hug and kiss when I see you next darlin. The feeling of rage and helplessness when a loved one is hospitalized and ignored and you can do precious little to make it better is not an experience I want to repeat anytime soon
Dec. 2nd, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Ugh, that is truly awful. I seriously find it absolutely revolting that so many hospitals end up so short staffed that things like this happen. I think one reason I don't tread into Brooklyn often is my absolute terror at the idea of having to go to a hospital and ending up someplace like Maimonides...a place I became acquainted with on my first ever visit to New York. I wasn't there as a patient, just a technician fixing a problem with software their cardiology clinic had purchased from my company, but after seeing how they run the place I never want to be a patient there!

Glad to hear you pulled her out of there and took her to a better hospital and she got care right away.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Scary stuff, being the only line of defense between aging, ill parents & the institutions of medicine & social services. I don't know which horrifies me more, trying to keep them from getting trampled on by the machine or the prospect of facing it myself someday. I'm glad you got her out of there & into safe hands.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, no one should have to go through that. Your mother is incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful, caring son.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
oy vey. I hope shes feeling better very soon. youre a good son. *hug* hope you get some rest tonight.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Man, that's awful. You're a good son, and I know your mother (and father) appreciate everything you do for them. Hope you can cut out early today and get some sleep.
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Dec. 2nd, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
And to think the above is only the tip of the iceberg. There is even more to the story.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
FWIW, I hope your mother gets well soon and I hope you get some sleep tonight.
Dec. 3rd, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
so here is the problem. Ambulance probably is stuck bringing her to closest hospital if they think it is warranted. Odds that an ambulance will take her into Manhattan is not high. But you might be able to get them to take her to a better Brooklyn hospital.
The closest possibly better is Beth Israel Brooklyn on Kings Highway at Ave N (old Kings Highway Hospital.
When I lived in Brooklyn Lutheran Medical on 2nd Ave and 55th was my first choice but it might be too far.
I used to hate Victory Memorial in Bay Ridge but I have heard it has gotten better.

Hope your Mom is better.
Dec. 3rd, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
i'm really sorry that things were like that. despite the fact that you're right about not suing, i think a letter to the hospital administration is in order. that's just freaking insane. i work in a washington dc level one trauma center emergency room, and we'd never ever get away with that kind of treatment, as no one should. we see around 200-250 patients a day, and there's just no excuse for that. message me here if you'd like sample letters to work with.
best wishes your mom is better soon
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