The Trip  

MissAnnThrope 56F
11679 posts
7/9/2006 11:36 am

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The Trip

So, cuteNEway just left to go home. I want to thank her for doing the groceries, taking out the garbage and taking down all the recycling, which was around from the FIRST ankle injury. I just couldn't do the steep angled slope to the garage. She also forced me to go to the ER.

Yesterday, the ankle was more swollen than on Friday night, in spite of icing it like no one's business. It hurt more. She said the side of my foot that wasn't swollen looked like the heads of the aliens in "Alien Nation" from the way the veins were popping. OK. We call a cab, they arrive fast when you say hospital, let me tell you. We picked out books to take and were on our way.

We get to emergency, I hobble, she walks to the desk and I get checked in. I mention I can barely walk. I'm told to take a seat.

The place has changed since I was last there, about two and a half years ago, when my ex-roommate slipped on ice and did the same thing. Triage is no longer down the hall. It's through a door. As we're sitting there waiting by the triage door, causing people to move away from us, as we're doing our best to amuse ourselves by being silly, I notice the plaque on the door of the new triage department. "Dedicated to the heroes and victims of 9/11." Oh, how nice. But it was who donated the money that made me do a double take and I wish I hadn't taken the camera out of my purse, to stick a picture in. Mr. and Mrs. Deatherage. I'm so not making that up. If it wasn't for the armed guard at the entrance, I would go back to get a picture of the plaque and post it here.

Cute will tell you, I tried to make a break for it. I didn't. The waiting room was crowded, they were putting people through triage in the order they came in. Which really did suck, as the one man sitting there looked like he was in bad, bad shape. I don't think anyone would have minded if they had taken him in as soon as he got there. But I decided I needed two things while sitting there forever... The ladies room and a cigarette.

She will tell you how she had to chase me down. I really wasn't trying to escape. But the wait was so long, if she hadn't been there, I would have just left.

I finally get into triage. They asked me why I didn't go to the ER on Friday. I told them, no one would help me, aside from the men who lifted me up. She said, "In Newark? That's surprising?" She seemed more shocked that I would think anyone would help, including the cops. I guess to protect and serve went out and it's simply to bust heads and arrest these days.

I'm freaking out about now too, as she asks me if I take any blood pressure medication, as my blood pressure is so elevated. I ask how bad it is, I'm told 176/95. ACK! That in my opinion means it's time for the meds. I was told the nurse would take it again before I left. But she never did. I was the ONLY one concerned about numbers like that, I'm told it was probably from the injury. But now I want to check it every five minutes and the monitoring kit is still in storage.

So, two hours at least to get to see the triage nurse. I'm led to a room and still not offered a wheelchair and the room is at the far end of the emergency department. I get on the bed and we wait.

Well, someone comes in to take my other information. Somehow, they didn't seem shocked at someone with no insurance and never once said, "well then how do you plan on paying for this?" But I'm told this hospital gets stiffed all the time.

A physician's assistant comes in and looks at my ankle. I have no idea what that means. Is it a resident? Is it one of those guys who's done his internship and has graduated med school and is waiting to take the state boards? He's not concerned about my blood pressure either and at least he has a semblance of a sense of humor, unlike anyone else so far.

A nurse comes in, hands me a 800 mg Motrin and then asks if I want a wheelchair to go x-ray. Finally! I can't believe I'm offered a wheelchair. I take the offer, especially since they weren't offering me morphine or dilaudid for the pain.

X-rays are done, I'm taking back to the room. We wait some more, the physician's assistant comes back and tells me there are no "apparent" breaks. Meaning, it could be a hairline fracture. Or he said, with where the swelling and the pain is, I could have torn a ligament. I was told I have to call the orthopedic surgeon in three days and if he so deems it, I have to have an MRI. Wonderful! I asked about billing the city of Newark for my injuries. They told me I can try. They seemed to find that vaguely amusing too. But I wouldn't have been in the ER if they bothered to maintain the sidewalks in the main business district.

I'm given an aircast and offered crutches, but I'm completely retarded when it comes to trying to use crutches. I've been on them in the past and I was at risk of hurting myself more. I can't get the swing right at all. So, I'm given a cane and told to stay off the foot. A Canex cane. Canex... Caring for you. Honest, the sticker on the cane says that. I'm told to keep my foot elevated, keep icing it until the swelling goes down.

We use the courtesy phone and they patch us through to the cab company. We get outside, to have a cigarette while we're waiting and the cab was there before we even finished. They're NEVER that fast! Especially not on a Saturday.

I have to say. I felt an immediate difference with the aircast. I swear, it feels like it's massaging the area where the pain is. By the time cute and I collapsed exhausted, I could actually feel the swelling going down.

I'm still swollen, it still hurts like a bitch, but my instep doesn't look like a head from "Alien Nation" today. The swelling is way down, it's still sensitive to touch and I'm popping Advil gel caps four at a time. But I can actually get from room to room by myself now, without screaming.

Two hours waiting for triage to get into the ER and I swear, it wasn't more than 45 minutes once we got in there. Then again, it's a small ER. With rooms, not the beds with the curtains inbetween for maximum space. The rooms were large too.

Now, I just have to find a way to get back to that section of Newark and take pics of the hole. I'm in no condition for the bus and I have to stay off of it. I really do plan on sending them my medical bills for this, especially if I need an MRI.

rm_MaceNbaby 48M/41F
1 post
7/9/2006 11:54 am

wow, Im glad that you guys finally got out of there. that was a very strange story but it turned out ok.

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/10/2006 9:10 am:
Oh, for an ER visit, it wasn't bad. My first trip to the ER was when the patch came out and I tried it. They put me on full strength and it was too strong. Five hours, waiting to get a charcoal shot. Five hours. Different hospital, though.

moonlightphoenix 45F
6508 posts
7/9/2006 12:07 pm

I'm sure it'll still be there waiting for you 6 months from Sucky thing to have happen. Condolences.

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/10/2006 9:11 am:
Yeah, unless people complain. Or someone from the community hurts his or herself on it. Which is why I want to get pics ASAP, so I can bill them.

HBowt2 59F

7/9/2006 12:32 pm

i'm glad you went and got seen too....and that you're feeling a bit better....have to say your hospitals sound very much like ours....hate the places..

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/10/2006 9:12 am:
You know, I have no ojection to waiting to see a doctor or a PA if someome is sicker than I am. However, making someone who looks like he's on death's door wait to get through triage sucks. Just because a friend or cab dropped him off, instead of an ambulance.

free2chose2 66F

7/9/2006 12:54 pm

You Bp was elevated due to pain-the second #'s if elevated over 100 are more pertinient to hypertension.

A physician assistant is between an md and a nurse practioner----can order meds, treatments etc;-not a resident/intern-they(the PA)are finished with their training

Don't worry, be Happy

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/10/2006 9:17 am:
See, both my parents had high blood pressure. Most of my life, I've been blessed with low blood pressure. So seeing a spike that high scares me and makes me think I should start monitoring it. Especially since if pain is extreme enough, I'll start to go into shock and bottom out.

Residents are done with their training and have passed the state boards. They're new doctors, but they're not allowed to prescribe meds until they're done with their first year of residency. A few years ago, a friend of mine was official to prescribe meds on my birthday. He wasn't really amused when I gave him a shopping list in jest.

NickRules999 39M
9464 posts
7/9/2006 1:40 pm

Good luck in suing the city of Newark for the medical bills and the lack of assistance from police. I truly hope you're successful in that. If nothing else, it could get them to take a closer look at their own streets and decide that proper upkeep is needed. It would set a great precident if there isn't one already in place.

Where I'm at, if there's a flaw in any street or sidewalk that could result in an injury, it's taken care of the minute it's reported. Course, being a smaller town, we can get to the bottom line and still have enough time do to some actual work. And of all the cops I've talked to there, only a handful are dicks.

I hope you're feeling better.

Come into my realm! You aren't afraid...are you?

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/10/2006 9:20 am:
I hope so too. What I really want to do is, send them a polite letter saying they have a choice. They can pay my bills, or they can be sued for it, plus pain and suffering. I swear, I have the heart of an extortionist.

Newark isn't exactly an efficient city. It's pristine around the arts center and where most of the corporations are. There's even a loop bus for commuters who work for those places. But I seemed to have ventured a block too far on the wrong side of the street. It went from nice to skank in the space of half a block.

keithcancook 60M
17865 posts
7/9/2006 2:25 pm

Hi MissAnnThrope! Best wishes for your recovery, sweetie...

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/10/2006 9:21 am:
Thanks Keith.

SensuousWoman3 55F
3106 posts
7/9/2006 3:43 pm

Good thing you got to the E.R. Your blood pressure probably was elevated to do the pain, the injury, the stress of getting to the hospital, and the whole process–including “How do you plan on paying for this?” But I would monitor it. P.A.’s are not residents, interns, or medical students. They are individuals with a 4 year BS or BA degree with a science background that go on to a two-year accredited P.A. program. There are also Master’s programs offered in the field. They work under the supervision of a physician, function much like the physician, can exercise independent judgment in patient care, and they can write prescriptions. Nine times out of ten, I prefer a P.A.

I would definitely contact the City of Newark. It is their responsibility to keep the sidewalks in good repair and free of ice, snow, or anything else that can cause injury. In my city they employed a Public Works employee who handled just that---people or vehicles that were damaged by city equipment or negligence.

If they give you a hard time, email the story from your blog to the human-interest newspaper columnists in your area. It’s hard to come up with 3, 5 or 7 columns a week. You tell a good story---half their work is done! People become incensed that as private property owners they are expected to keep their sidewalks in good repair or risk potential lawsuits while the City’s property is in poor shape. I’ll be interested to know how this world turns. (Sorry, I didn’t mean to blog-hog, MissAnn!)

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/10/2006 9:25 am:
Thanks for the idea. I should alert the Star-Ledger if nothing is done. That paper is carried all over northern NJ. It's regional, not just Newark.

I know the city does do repairs, I've seen them doing them. But down by where the commuters see the city, never in the worse neighborhoods. However, this was the middle of the downtown shopping district. Which would be bad press.

Don't worry about being a blog hog. Three paragraphs are hardly my definition of a blog hog.

8328 posts
7/9/2006 3:58 pm

Glad you're feeling better, Ann.

Good luck in billing the city, doubt that will work out.

I do hope you find a way to do rehab, as that is the best way to avoid further injuries to the ankle.

Otherwise you will be likely to have another sprain again.


"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/10/2006 9:26 am:
A friend of mine is going to send me the list of exercises she had to do, when she did the same thing last fall. She's already warned me, her ankle still swells if she's on her feet too long. I'm so not happy.

(What the fuck is this shit..?? *rolls eyes*)

7/9/2006 8:00 pm

I'm much relieved that you went into the E.R. now at least you know nothing is broken. I am how ever perplexed at the different treatment we have received for the same injury. When I went in they wouldn't even cast the damn thing for me or at least put a air cast on it. I had to wait for the swelling to go down then go to a Orthopedic Doctor to have it put into a cast. All they did at the E.R. for me was splint it up and put me on crutches (I wonder how much those cost me)and of course give me a script for Vicodin (they're great to have when your bored and can't go anywhere)...The one thing that was the same was the wait time went in at 10:30am and didn't get out of there till 1:45. I know I am fine one to tell you this but do stay off of it as much as possible as that does seem to make all the difference...Take and be CAREFUL....Ready


MissAnnThrope replies on 7/10/2006 9:30 am:
That's just weird. I swear to you, the aircast more or less massaged the area and by the time I took it off to sleep, the ankle was half the size of when I hit the ER. It immobilized it and I've only been taking it off to sleep, or to ice the ankle. I wish they had given me a script for Vicodin or Percodan. Percodan has aspirin in it, which is an anti-inflamatory. But no. I was told to take Advil and given an 800 mg. Motrin while I was there. Ibuprofin does nothing for this kind of pain.

I am staying off of it as much as possible. I really have no choice in the matter.

TheCliticals 35F/F

7/9/2006 11:34 pm

They could have at least offered you a colonoscopy

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MissAnnThrope replies on 7/10/2006 9:38 am:
Gee, if I had known I could request one... I just read that post. I can't believe they didn't do blood tests first, to see if you had food poisoning. Well, the better the insurance, the more complicated they like to make it.

cuteNEway 41F

7/10/2006 12:12 am

She SO did not go voluntarily! I Dragged Her By The Hair

tee hee

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/10/2006 9:56 am:
You did NOT drag me by the hair! Know how bruised I'd be if you dragged me down a flight of stairs and then the concrete steps in front of the building? I walked to the cab on my own!

rm_AnOddGirl 57F
3469 posts
7/10/2006 7:53 am

Dayum Woman... (I've been there - middle of Poydras, smacked down by a hole, snap of the ankle!)
Pain will make your blood pressure rise so don't worry too much about that right now...
The problem with ankles - weak point in the frame, alas, I'd sign your cast - if'n ya had one!!!

Elevate that Ankle, learn to love this position!!!

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/10/2006 10:00 am:
See, I normally have the opposite reaction with severe pain. When I had to go to the ER a few years ago for a kidney stone, they got me shot full of dilaudid fast when they saw my blood pressure was 60/40 and I was going into shock from the pain. So to go the other way... But she didn't even do it right. She did my b/p on the dangling arm, not the one resting on the desk. You're supposed to have the elbow as high as the chest. Not dangling at your side.

I am doing my best to keep it elevated and iced at the same time. And you know, [blog OhBaby199] has told me the same thing about that position. hmmmm...

EroticaXTC 50F

7/10/2006 10:55 am

oh, I hope you do sue them for the bills...take the pic, write to the editor of the paper, get some media attention on it...oooh, they hate that! What if it had been the mayor's Aunt Josephine and now she has to have hip replacement surgery? How may other victims are there?...It's a deathtrap, I tell you!!
I know what you mean about's so mucked up

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/11/2006 4:17 pm:
I do wonder about other victims and I really do hope against hope I can get there and take pictures before they fix it.

free2chose2 66F

7/10/2006 1:48 pm

Residents are not finished with their training until their 4 yrs of residency is completed-5yrs if a speciality then he/she is chief resident(the big fish in little pond)

Don't worry, be Happy

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/11/2006 4:19 pm:
Right, it's far more hands on than interning. However, before you start your residency, you have to pass the state boards and be certified as a doctor. At least, that's what I've been told by friends in medicine. Second year, you can write prescriptions and they really are sensitive about jokes that can get their licenses pulled. Go figure.

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