I spent ten hours with DH in A&E yesterday. He had another heart scare due to fluid build up but is OK now and back home!! He had a two hour wait on a trolley in the corridor before being transferred to a cubicle so we considered ourselves lucky because they were run off their feet. I don't think I've ever seen it so busy (and I'm a bit of a regular these days)
After DH's excellent treatment and advice, we were directed to a small room to wait for the discharge notes. There were about eight others in there so we got chatting about our experiences - like you do.
A man sitting opposite us, probably around sixty, said he was really pleased he'd been given a clean bill of health. Apparently he'd had some heart problems in the past so I said, 'That's great, you must be very relieved.'
'Oh yes,' he replied. 'I'm off to Tenerife next Monday and my GP is a useless t**t and wouldn't give me an appointment so I've come in here for a once-over because I don't want to be taken ill on my holiday.'
You can imagine the atmosphere. I hope he felt uncomfortable in the stony silence under the gaze of all the 'death stares.' DH had just spent hours in a cubicle next to a woman who was epileptic and had badly damaged her neck during a seizure. She had to wait two hours in the ambulance before there was room for her to be wheeled in.
I wanted to kick Tenerife man in the goolies!
But that would have meant him taking up a much needed bed!!!
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