The one week wizard (closedingirl) wrote in bad_service,
The one week wizard
closedingirl
bad_service

St. Elizabeth's in Boardman, Ohio.

I was getting ready for work today and suddenly, I started getting pain in my stomach. I have some unknown problem with my stomach. I'll get very bad pains and get physically ill. A few years ago, it was so bad that after every meal, I'd lose what I just ate. I lost nearly 70 pounds. But I'd never had pain THIS bad. Very fast, it turned into excruciating pain. I ran to the bathroom as the first wave of really bad pain hit me and I fell into the toilet and now have a bruise. I stayed on the bathroom floor until I got a ride to go to the ER. I was in so much pain that I could barely move, I was crying. I went to the Saint Elizabeth's building on Market Street past the mall.

I got registered and then was taken to triage. It was 3:30 PM. They took my vitals and asked me how much pain. (Scale of 1 to 10.) I answered honestly that it was the worst pain I'd ever felt, so 10. I was put in the lobby, where I laid down on a couch and eventually passed out and slept. I didn't know that two hours had passed. A lot of the pain passed during that time but I was still in a lot of pain, my body was exhausted and I was starting to get muscle aches from the pain making me tense up. I was going in and out of semi-consciousness.

I stayed in the lobby for five and a half hours. I didn't see a doctor, or a nurse. I just curled up in a ball and cried. I got fed up and told them I was leaving. I was going home to sleep off the rest of the pain and they told me I was next to get a room. Fifteen minutes later, I got into a room. A nurse threw a stained gown and sheet at me and told me to wait. That was the last person I saw. No doctor, no nurse...nothing. For an hour. At 9:30 PM, I got tired of waiting around. I wasn't in nearly bad pain, couldn't tell them where it hurt so it was pretty much useless to stick around.

Six hours without seeing a doctor or a nurse other than the triage nurse. Six hours without food or drink. Six hours of pain. Pain so bad that I was crying and curled up. (I usually try to hide my pain.)

My mother's writing a letter to the editor of our local paper and my boss says to tell the higher ups. I probably will.
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