I have gained so much inspiration these past four days. Inspiration to be healthy. I have witnessed the sickness and disease that I choose to actively prevent and avoid. Not only did I watch a very touching documentary called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, but we are in the thick of our second emergency room visit this week. There are sick people everywhere. They’re lining the hallways and laying in every bed. They’re visibly sick. The kind of sick that accumulated from a lifetime of poor decisions relating to health. Smoking, processed foods, fried foods, drugs, alcohol, Coca Cola. I have already made huge changes to my lifestyle these past two months, but this is exactly the boost I needed to commit myself fully to gaining and maintaining my peak health and fitness. I only wish there were more examples to look up to, rather than to turn away from. But hey, this is America in 2011 after all.
Two ER’s in one week. Boy, we’re really on a roll here! If I wasn’t living this experience, I would never believe it! We got so fed up at the previous hospital, we left, against the doctor’s orders, and drove straight to another hospitals emergency department. We did not pass GO, we did not collect $200. We did this after wasting four days getting lousy service, an ambiguous care plan (at best) and outdated testing procedures. Nick began to get better, then got worse, and is now hovering in limbo, not drinking anything at all but having intermittent stomach pains anyway.
We were so worried that he would end up miserable for hours sitting in the waiting room, but were ushered right in, given a bed and immediate treatment. How refreshing! We also got out of the last place rather smoothly. From the moment we told them we were leaving, until Nick had a bed in the new ER, was only one hour and fifteen minutes. That includes the thirty minute drive! The last place was a desolate ghost town; this place is buzzing with activity. We feel better already.
They’re admitting him for the night, likely the next few nights, until they figure out what’s really going on.
It’s 2am. Doctors make their rounds at 5am. Will be sleeping in a chair for the next few hours.