Saturday, January 13, 2018

Report From the ER

Richie said that a nurse told him that the Providence - Little Co. of Mary ER has space for 64 patients (and that includes chairs and cots) and 190 new patients waiting to get in on Tuesday 1-9-18.

He arrived via ambulance around 9 a.m. and got a room at around 3:30 p.m.   The private room they did give him was in Cardiology on the 4th floor.  He was alarmed and asked, "Is there something wrong with my heart?" and the nurse said, "No - but this is the last open room in the hospital."

A little later on, he heard a man who couldn't have been that far away, yelling "You f--ker!" and more along that same line and then he heard pounding feet going down the corridor.  He said it must have been a big guy because you could really hear them.

Moments later, the speaker was saying, "Code Grey ... code grey.." but nothing more was heard.   Whether the guy was a patient and bolted or a visitor was not explained.

He didn't have the room for long  He was discharged around 6 p.m. with the bag of his possessions and another shopping bag of medications as well as an encyclopedia-size folder of instructions.

Ann next door brought over a generous portion of her home-made chicken noodle soup (rich broth and fat noodles) a tossed green salad and a pair of rolls.  Richie ate his up with some speed; it was heartening to see.  He is not a fan of "hospital food."  But lunch looms large in our thinking - we had leftover soup Ann's portioning was so generous.  Lifting a spoon, "Here's to you, Ann!"

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