IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY GO. OUR ISSUE WAS WITH MY MOTHER IN LAW DYING WITH THROAT CANCER. FOR SIX MONTHS SHE COULD NOT SWALLOW. SHE WAS HOSPITALIZED AND OVER A COUPLE WEEKS TOLD SHE WOULD IMPROVE. TENS... more OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WERE SPENT "KEEPING HER ALIVE" BECAUSE THERAPY WAS COVERED THEY WOULD SEND HER DOWN, FILL HER HEAD WITH "IMPROVEMENT" HAD TO FEED HER THROUGH TUBES. WHEN THE END NEARED THEY, AGAINST US AND HER EXPRESSED WISHES NOT TO CONTINUE LIFE UNNECESSARILY. SHE FELL OUT OF BED A COUPLE TIMES BRUISING HER FACE BEYOND RECOGNITION. AT THE VERY END THEY WANTED TO MOVE HER TO THEIR REST HOME FOR FURTHER . REHAB USING HER BEING ABLE TO SQUEEZE A BALL AS PROOF EVEN THOUGH IT HAD BEEN MONTHS SINCE SHE HAD EATEN.WE KNEW TIME WAS SHORT THEY INSISTED TO DO A LOWER AND UPPER G.I. ON HER. WE SAID NO AS HER LEGAL GUARDIAN. THEY WENT AROUND US IGNORING A WATERMELON COLORED NOTE WE PUT ON THE CHART AT 9 P.M. AT 12 PM THEY TOOK HER OFF I.V. OF HUGE AMOUNTS OF PAIN KILLERS AND THE FLUIDS SHE NEEDED TO EXIST. TO PREP HER. I HAD A PREMONITION AND AT 7 A.M. WENT TO CHECK ON HER. SHE WAS SEVERELY DEHYDRATED AND WAS REFUSED EVEN A SPONGE TO MOISTEN HER DRIED OUT LIPS AND MOUTH BECAUSE THEY SAID SHE COULD HAVE SUCKED THE WATER OUT OF THE SPONGE AND THROW OFF THE TEST. I FLIPPED OUT. DEMANDED THE I.V., THEY WOULD NOT GIVE HER AN ICE CUBE, I TOLD THEM I WOULD RIP THE DOOR OFF THE FREEZER TO GET ONE, A KIND NURSE OVER THE THREATS OF THE HEAD NURSE GOT ONE.WE DEMANDED THE I.V. TO BE PUT BACK IN. AFTER 45 MINUTES SOMEONE SHOWED UP. THEY COULD NOT GET THE I.V. IN DUE TO DEHYDRATION. THEY CALLED IN THE "SUPER SKILLED PERSON" THEY LEFT SAYING NO PROBLEM, THE BANDAGE NEW. IN MINUTES MY MOTHER UNABLE TO SPEAK PICKED UP HER BRUISED FRAIL ARM IT WAS WET. THE PHLEBOTOMIST HAD TRICKED US. HAD PUT THE TUBE IN W/O A NEEDLE AND BANDAGED IT UP FAKING IT. 9 HOUR NO PAIN MEDS , NO FLUIDS, BREAKFAST SITTING FOR A PERSON BECAUSE THE LAW SAYS A MEAL MUST BE PROVIDED EVEN THOUGH SHE HASN'T EATEN IN MONTHS. I WENT "POSTAL" THREATENED TO CALL THE NEWS AND SO ON. A KIND NURSE TOOK ME ASIDE AND SUGGESTED WE GO TO HOSPICE. AVALON HAD AN OPENING.IN THE MEAN WHILE THEY HAD TOLD HER THEY WOULD HAVE TO DO THE UPPER G.I. TO TEMP. OPEN HER THROAT SO THEY COULD GIVE HER PAIN MEDS... WE GOT HER TO AVALON. THEY ADVISED US THAT A PAIN PUMP COULD BE INSTALLED FOR THE PAIN MEDICATION. THEY TOOK OFF HER SOCKS WHICH HAD NOT BEEN DONE FOR DAYS. HER FEET WERE PURPLE. THEY ASKED ABOUT THE BRUISES ETC. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN WEEKS SHE WAS COMFORTABLE. SHE PASSED THREE DAYS LATER PEACEFULLY NO PRODDING, NO LINING OF POCKET TO THOSE WHO WANTED TESTS OVER DIGNITY AND COMFORT.
I was born here in 1971. If you have heart problems, this is the place to be. My mom has recovered from 2 strokes, nine stents and open heart surgery here, all textbook. They replaced my hips, they were... more great, it's not their fault these hips are god damned rotten and recalled. ER can get bogged down at prime time, but not bad at all usually. Way more comfortable than Hurley.
Justin the nurse in ER was outstanding explained everything to you and made sure you understood everything they were doing to you Carli on 10th floor was always there for you never to busy to help you... more Hospitals need more Nurses like them
Rate of readmission after discharge from hospital (hospital-wide)
Rate - 16.3% (0.3% above the national rate)
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