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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Hospital Visit

Last night while I am teaching the bar tending class I start to get dizzy. This was about the 4th time in a week with another time happening at work around 11pm. So I cut the class with about an hour to go and head to the emergency at the hospital. My wife and I wait for 30 minutes before checking in. I get my blood pressure checked , temperature taken and about 20 minutes later have an electrocardiagram done. Everything seems okay so they ask me to now wait in the waiting area.

Three and a half hours later I am still waiting and it is midnight. Some people have been waiting longer than we have so I check out. So much for our hospital wait times being cut down. Actually the truth is you have to be at death's door before actually being seen to in less than half a day.

So I make a doctor's appointment and tell him what happened. It has been nearly two years since he has referred me to a blood specialist for a low white blood cell count. The specialist has never called. So now I have to have more tests done that are up to date since the last ones a year ago I had done. He thankfully is going to refer me to another specialist.

A year and a half ago I had these dizzy spills at work and called 911. At least arriving in an ambulance you get quicker attention that way. When I was 29 and working in Switzerland I had one dizzy spell which had me literally bouncing from wall to wall side to side for a bit.

Now they are even going to run some tests on my head. Also a chest x-ray. Cholesterol , sugar and the whole nine yards done again.

Cannot figure it out really but here we go again for what seems like the upteenth time I have to get these tests done and now maybe once the results are in some action can be taken to correct the problem.

Meanwhile I am on my 7th evening in a row of work. Maybe my job is the problem and the drive there and stuff is starting to get me. The last time at that restaurant earlier mentioned where I had dizzy spells I found the owner an imbecile. This could just be stress related.

Who knows???


Manuel said...

Jesus Steve! hope you're okay.....but sending you to the waiting room......that's just not fair......think about it.....

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Manuel...another guy suffered a concussion and had waited for 5 hours before being looked at. Our hospital system is a joke. Just gotta do these blood tests and x- rays tomorrow. Then we will see how they can fix it.

¸.•*´)ღ¸.•*´Chris said...

I hope you begin to feel better soon and that the docs can find a reason for your dizziness. Take care and keep us posted.

SkippyMom said...

I don't care how much you think your hospital system is a joke you had best get those tests done, get a second opinion and ask, ask, ask until you have a real answer.

Got that Steve? I didn't get the monniker "skippy" or "Mom" on a whim, young man...so you best listen. ;)

[I am just joshing you, but jeesh you have scared the heck out of me. Please be patient with them and find out the results - now is better then later].

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Chris...thanks and we will see what the tests today turn up a week or so from now.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

SkippyMom...I know you are right. My wife is after me big time to see this one through.This moring went for some bloodwork and chest x-ray for starters then in a week will have the results. Will keep you posted. Thanks.

banquet manager said...

Hey Waiter,
Don't leave us just yet! Get well real soon.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Banquet Manager...thanks and I am not planning on going anywhere. Just right here. I will get better soon.