First, let me apologize for how long this is but if you want an honest review of my experience then please read on. Admissions staff, my nursing staff, transport, and radiology/imaging staff were all 5... more star. They are the only reason I'm giving this hospital 1 star. Heck even dietary got it right half the time.I woke up Friday morning with limited feeling and no movement in my left foot and ankle. I figured I slept on it funny or something and didn't think much of it. As the day continued it only got worse, slowly traveling up my leg and now getting "tingling" in my hands. Fearing it may be a blood clot or worse, my wife convinced me to head to the ER. I should have gone to the VA in Ann Arbor as that is my only coverage but wasn't certain I could take myself there so I headed to the VA in Jackson only to be turned away. HFA was only 5 minutes from there so that's where I went. By this time I am clammy and sweaty and the "tingling" seems to be moving up my leg and worsening in my hands. Maybe it's anxiety. I don't know but I do know something's not right. They were friendly and professional and I might have sat in the waiting room maybe 10 minutes. Blood work, EKG, CT Scan all come back normal. At this point they decide to admit me to see a neurologist, get an MRI that could uncover more and possibly more tests because signs point to some kind of mini stroke or something the other tests didn't show. If it was a blood clot I would be in pain most likely but they obviously thought that something was going on they just couldn't see yet. At this point everyone is still very friendly, professional, helpful and trying everything to figure out what is going on. I get to my room and the nurses and Drs and all are doing everything to comfort me and try to figure out what is baffling all of us. I'm not in any pain, I just have limited feeling and almost zero movement in this foot and ankle. So far so good right? The next day I get 2 new Drs., the only ones to ask me about my alcohol use. Ok. Fair question. 2-3 6 packs of beer a week, 1 every 2 or 3 days. Where I come from that is not a lot of beer. Maybe it is to someone who's religion prohibits drinking it's a lot but in the real world it's not that much. As soon as I said that, things changed. I was told that I didn't need an MRI and that alcohol was the cause and I just needed to stop drinking. I stated that I would still like to see the neurologist. I finally got to see the neurologist later that evening. He (THE SPECIALIST) did some tests with me there, never brought up alcohol and decided that I did in fact need an MRI as I showed signs of weakness in my left hamstring, left arm and left hand as well. I finally got an MRI near midnight that night. 4 sets of scans of the head and neck, 2 without contrast and 2 with, taking about an hour or longer. That morning, before the neurologist has even looked at the results or before I've had a chance to go over them with him, 1 of the 2 Drs tells me that she has seen the results and I can wait for the neurologist if I want but they're clear so it has to be from the alcohol and I need to quit drinking. The other Dr was in shortly after to confirm her diagnosis. I never did get to see the neurologist again but was told that he did see the results and suggested an outpatient follow up to do an EMG. Why?... if it's beer? This whole time, I'm getting Heparin shots in the stomach (for blood clots that they didn't think I had but it's a preventative for extended hospital stays and/or very limited activity. How long am I staying??), stool softeners and some kind of acid or acid reflux shots? When we asked why I was getting this stuff we were basically told because I'm in the hospital. Are you effing kidding me? Long story longer, I was basically told sorry, don't know what's wrong with you and can't help you out You can leave now. I was polite and respectful to every single person that I interacted with during my admission. Just ask them.
Rate of readmission after discharge from hospital (hospital-wide)
Rate - 16.5% (0.5% above the national rate)
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