I had a very serious chest pain and it was so painful that my whole body cramped and couldn't breathe. I felt like I would probably die on my way to the hospital and was crying because of my pain, but when my hubby carried me inside the Emergency Room, nobody seemed to care. We were waiting for quite a while and a male medical practitioner helped to have a basic check-up on me. He was nice and gentle, but he said we have to wait for a room to have a doctor to further check on me.
Then we waited and waited, and it was over 30 minutes already, I cried very loud because of my pain but the staff there just passed by me, looking at me and having a lukewarm look on their faces. Not even a word of comfort or encouragement. Nobody offered any help despite the fact that I had an extremely hard time breathing to a point that I actually couldn't speak! I had never have that experience before and no one even gave me oxygen. Some lady did come to me and asked me for some legal stuff I guess but I just couldn't speak or so painful that I couldn't read the documents. My hubby helped me to take care of her.
And I guess someone looked like a doctor finally came and he said from the readings took when I first entered the hospital, my oxygen level seemed okay and it should be psychological factors that make it seem so painful. Okay, even if psychological factors affect the painfulness, part of it is due to the lack of caring from the staff and you doctor! When you can't breathe and in a great pain, how can you stay calm!? After the 1-minute talk, the doctor left us saying I needed some other scans before they can diagnose me. I can understand this, but not until another 30 minutes or so did another scan happen.
Later, I was brought to a bed and a really nice nurse gave me some oxygen to breathe. I felt much better just breathing the oxygen! Thanks nurse! After awhile, I was able to speak again. Later on I needed a CAT scan, and the nurse asked some male medical staff whether it's okay if I have seafood allergy. He told the nurse that seafood allergy is no longer a factor, and sent me to have a CAT scan with iodine injected in me. After I came out from the scan machine, the staff in the room asked me if I was okay, and on their faces I could see a sense of fear. At first I didn't think I have a problem, but after a few minutes, I started to feel itchiness on my head, and on my body! One of the staff brought me back to my bed quickly, and the nurse, my hubby and people around were all scared because I had serious rashes all over!! The nurse was right!!!
Then they injected me with 2 or 3 stuff quickly to make my rashes go away, but when the male medical staff injected me with the first thing (I don't remember if that's the one who said I'm okay to have CAT scan), I almost fainted! The nurse told him he shouldn't use the whole dose because I'm small; he should have given me a dose for a girl...the doctor finally came to see me again after all the scans and stuff, and what he said was something like, ""Oh, you look much better! You can speak now! When you got in, you couldn't even speak!"" I was speechless...you knew I couldn't speak because I had an extremely hard time breathing and you did nothing to help. In the end he couldn't find the cause of my chest pain.
And it didn't end there. The medication the doctor prescribed me damaged my nerve system and liver. Thank God I read the prescription sheet and stopped the medication myself after the second day. Although these effects are mostly rare according to the prescription sheet, they all happened on me. And did I mention a mere few hours service cost $20,000+? (I had EKG, X-ray and CAT scan, some two bags of potassium, saline water and oxygen.) Thank God again I have medical insurance, or else I might probably need to file bankruptcy. You got 2 stars from me because of the nice nurse who took care of me and comforted me beside my bed!