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
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