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You belong in ... the zoo

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

We used to have an advertisement with that song playing as the theme song and I was just thinking of it as I was thinking about my blog topic.

In pain from a fall and having a number of other physical problems going on, I ended up in the hospital emergency a few days ago. Sizism runs rampant there perhaps more so than anywhere else. When the nurse went to take my blood pressure I said the machines there never give an accurate reading. Sure enough my bp came back sky high - something like 238 / 163 when my usual bp is high but more like 140/90 as the highest. I explained this and got a slightly lower reading although not much and again said it wasn't accurate. Instead the nurse said it was about right for someone of my body weight and then said how much do you weigh anyway? he then wrote the high reading on his charts and ignored my comments. I was then mostly left alone in pain; didn't receive any scans and the nurses didn't even get water or clarify if i could or couldn't have any whcih didn't make for a fun 8 hr wait.

Finally I got to see a neurologist; and she wants me to have an MRI done although then she said I probably won't fit. To phone and ask them for the dimensions and weight limits and that if not there is one other place I could try and gave the name of the town that's located in. Later I asked if they had a larger machine there with some surprise because its a smaller place than where I was and she said it's because it belongs to the zoo emoticon

So now ... I'm imagining that if I do end up there I'll be scanned inbetween the giraffes and hippos using the equipment! I looked it up and apparently it's becoming more common to do; maybe not the inbetween the animals thing but to use the equipment. At least what some articles in the UK said. Then I looked up for Australia and everything i read said that it was a myth; that no such use was made and that there are some wider mri's available at a hospital in a larger city but a normal hospital!!!! so the neurologist was just ????????????????? being incredibly rude? really believed they did use the zoo? or what. she also wrote morbidly obese on her mri when there was no need to put it since it isn't exactly going to help in diagnosing a neck or brain problem

Then she prescribed medication that seems to have the main benefit of weight loss; although I was there for my neck pain not for that! and it wasn't what I wanted or was asking for - anyway so far since the weekend the only thing it has done seems to be making my hungrier! much .......... which is NOT good
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PAMALALALA13 8/12/2013 1:19PM

    I am so sorry that you had to go through that! I'd rather be overweight than be the kind of person those doctors and nurses have chosen to be!! You deserved to be treated with respect, compassion and dignity! Please don't give these kind of people any power - they don't deserve to have input about how you feel about yourself. They should be ashamed - what an atrocity - they have taken an oath to first do no harm - that includes mentally and emotionally!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/12/2013 1:20:21 PM

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KALIGIRL 7/8/2013 10:24AM

    What an experience! Sending healing thoughts your way.

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IKACEY 7/3/2013 5:25AM

    Wow! That was a horridly rude and ignorant doctor and Thank the Lord they are not all like that. What a horrendous day to go thru and so completely wrong to be asked to use equipment used by animals. If there is a way to find another doctor I would do it. A good complaint lodged with the administrators of the hospital is certainly in order. Mean time what is being done for your neck pain? Please realize that this isn't about you, the doctor has issues he needs to deal with big time. Your feeling the need to eat when you aren't hungry is from the anger and shame you feel from what you went through, but stuffing food in on top of those feeling doesn't make them go away. Instead it adds to them as after you feel remorse for having let yourself overeat and eaten what isn't healthy for you. Anger is a great energizer, complain to the hospital, go do some hard housework take a nice walk or do some new exercises. If activity doesn't appeal right now as you are in pain then distract yourself with a good book or an absorbing reasearch or tv show. Its hard to face down the triggers but you can do it. Just keep making healthy choices and thinking BEFORE you reach for the food. Hope you feel better soon! emoticon
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PHEBESS 7/3/2013 4:23AM

    Wow, what a mess! And what a rude doctor! I hope you find someone else to see!

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JILLYBEAN3628 7/2/2013 7:55PM

    Unbelievable! I had the MRI issue happen to me as well, but they did little more than reschedule me because I'm assuming when they booked me the first time, my weight didn't make it into the equation...then the radiology dept must have checked my chart, so they booked me with the "bigger" machine. We also have one that is completely open for those who cannot stand to be closed in/claustrophobic.

So sorry they were rude and I hope you're able to get to the bottom of your pain issue. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 7/2/2013 5:57PM

    I honestly think this person should be reported for the way she spoke to you..
It was totally out of line and very unprofessional .
She has a duty of care and she has breeched it.
She must be stopped before she does this to others too.
Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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DIEGOGAL1 7/2/2013 4:49PM

    I am so sorry that this happened to you! Good luck with the neck issue.

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IAMFAT4NOW 7/2/2013 11:35AM

    My heart breaks for you. That was so rude and uncalled for. I really think you should inform the management of the hospital about how you were treated and how misinformed that doctor is. Oh how awful! Try not to let this get you too down. Use it as motivation. You're doing well on your journey so keep it up.

I hope you feel better! emoticon

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IAM_HIS 7/2/2013 11:30AM

    I cried when I read your blog...I felt angry that so many hospital personnel have no empathy these day--it's a business and not a service for giving people the quality care they need.

I pray your neck is better, plus you can find a caring physician who will take excellent care of you.

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NANCYPAT1 7/2/2013 10:54AM

    I am really sorry you had this horribly rude experience. To me that is totally unacceptable and I would let the hospital management KNOW how you were treated. It is shocking and I know our local hospital (as small as it is) responds to complaints and comments or at least appears to because we have gotten letters when Ed has gone in and felt his treatment was unfair or unkind - he lodges a complaint.

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STEVEN2GO2 7/2/2013 9:41AM

    emoticon That you had to deal with such an uncaring emergency department! How incredibly rude they were, @#%&!

When I get my blood pressure checked at the hospital I am about 140 over 90, according to those d*** machines. My last visit my Doctor disagreed with the machine and checked it himself and sure enough it was only 125 over 87!

I hope you can find a caring medical center that really can help you! It sounds like you ran into some disgusting health care providers! It is good that you decided to do some research for quality care that you deserve!

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LOVINGAFRICA 7/2/2013 9:40AM

    Oh I feel for you!
Please don't allow those rude people's sucky bedside manner hurt you!
You are a wonderful Spark Friend, and I am glad that I know you. They don't.
Hope you got your neck and head checked out, and that you are feeling wonderful now.
Bless you

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  Congratulations on taking control of your life! It sounds like the emergency department visit did not meet your needs. Do you have a regular healthcare team (family physician's office) that offers you respect, understanding and helpful information? If so, I would go there to follow up on your emergency room visit. If not, then start looking for one now. There are many great doctors out there to support your needs. Don't let this experience side track you. Best of luck and good health.

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