...after you read this blog entry. I AM SICK!!
But let me give some praise where it's due.
I'm usually pretty critical of the health care system in Ontario - - I consider the years pre-Mike Harris to be the good ole days - - though I realize that I should be grateful because I was able to get very good care today - three cheers for socialized medicine!
I've had a sore throat for three days, and went to a walk-in clinic last night and got a Rx for antibiotics. But, by this morning, my throat was nearly swollen closed and Hubby took me to Emerg. I don't think our chairs even got a degree warmer before I was whisked into an exam room, stripped down, IV started, steroids, pain meds, and ice chips given. A brief history, some vitals, and I was off to Xray for a soft tissue view to look at my airway, and check for abcesses. They kept me for about two hours, rechecking O2 sats and BP, and sent me home with new Rxs for narcotic analgesics and steroids, and direction to return promptly if anything changed.
This afternoon, the phone rang, and it was the doctor who had seen me this morning. She said she had taken another look at my Xray, and wanted to know what pharmacy I dealt with because she wanted to order a different antibiotics. She asked me how my pain was, and if I was drinking well, and reminded me to come back if I should have more pain, or a high fever, then warned me against getting dehydrated again.
Wow! I guess being OUT of nursing for a couple of years has reduced my cynical bias against hospitals, or things are just getting better. I was pretty impressed, and grateful that what could have gone very bad, was such a positive experience. And yes, I've started my new antibiotics, and I DO already feel a good deal better!!!