1000 Things We Hate #203: ER Waiting Room

18 11 2011

Ugh... Xavier Forteen? Anyone?

Last night, I had the fortunate luck to be trapped in the ER Waiting Room for three and a half hours.  To tell you the truth, it wasn’t entirely bad.  The person that needed to go to the ER had me and two others to accompany them.  I believe we were probably the wittiest and most lively of the people in the ER.  Nevertheless, the ER Waiting Room can be a physical manifestation of hell on occasions.  This was by far the most pleasant experience in the ER I’ve had because of the company, but it still lasted FOREVER.  Then again, when I got in my car accident in August and had to go to the ER, I was seen basically right away.  It was AWESOME.  Mind you, I was in a shitload of pain… but still.

What is it about the waiting room that’s so bad?  Well, I would venture a guess that part of the reason is that going to the ER is a big decision.  “Do I really hurt enough to justify whipping $1000 out of my ass?”  …whipping $1000 out of your ass may be a valid reason to go.  So, you make this big decision and you’re triage right away when you get there.  Then, they’re like, “please sit down, someone will be with you shortly…” and they’re not.  It’s really quite the unfortunate predicament.

What a lively group!

Another thing that is troublesome is the sort of people that frequent the waiting room.  Most of them are on edge and having one of the worst days of their year.  Smiles are not happening.  On top of that, you often hear people moaning and throwing up and what have you.  It’s basically a place that I wouldn’t mind venturing once a month to develop some semblance of empathy but oh well.

Finally, when you have to wait a really long time because APPARENTLY your condition isn’t important enough… you have to wait even longer.  You think, “fuck this, I’m going to leave!” only to find out that you will still get charged $1000 just for breathing in their sickly, sterilized air.  So, you wait EVEN MORE.

Then, the doctor actually comes in and is just like “hey, here’s some useless dribble and some drugs! Yeah!”  Problem apparently solved.

“Was it worth it?” you wonder.  Probably not, but at least it was a great use of THREE AND A HALF FUCKING HOURS.

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Alright, alright… this hate was pretty reasonable.  But, I can promise you, we can be RIDICULOUS.  So go on over and check out the MASTER LIST hub and enjoy a plenitude of hates!


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