Canadian Health Care Poem

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One week ago today I was in so much pain

I fell, I screamed, I never dreamed it would ever go away

With lots of help from two of my sons

I bummed it up the stairs

The ones from which I just fell down

Man it hurt like hell

Off to the hospital we did go

How I hate emergency….always so dam slow

Sitting in a wheelchair, ice pack upon my foot

Swelling… swelling… swelling

Oh my poor foot!

Watching people come and go

Hours passing…biting my tongue

Why is this hospital so dam slow

Finally hear them call my name

Will there be any relief to this pain

I am told a doctor will be right in

Growing Impatient, as yet another hour passes by

Finally she shows up as I am about to scream and cry

Sends me off for an x-ray

I will always remember this dam day

The doctor returns once again

Is it broken, or a sprain

Can I have for something for pain

Before I go totally insane

Well she says I can give you Tylenol #3

No I say I am allergic to codeine

So she suggests Naproxen

The ankle is fractured

You’ll need a cast

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What angers me the most

Is that I sat there in pain

For five hours

With only a bag of melting ice

The emergency department did not seem all that busy to me that day. Maybe it’s because I live in a small city….but still……..

Stay tuned for my next rant about this exact same hospital emergency room….

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Anselome 3 years ago from Thunder Bay

I'll agree to that. My youngest brother would've died if they hadn't flown him to London, ON for surgery. My parents went with him and said it was the best hospital they've ever seen.

The staff was really nice (and knew what they were doing). I'm sad to say only a few people that I know of at our hospital fall under both categories.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Anselome, I don't know about all of the Canadian hospitals but the one here is pretty sad. In Toronto and Mississauga I've had much better luck. The better hospitals seem to be in the larger cities.


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Anselome 3 years ago from Thunder Bay

The sad part is that this is perfectly normal in Canadian hospitals. Unless you've stopped breathing or you're bleeding profusely, you have to wait. It isn't uncommon to spend 5,6,7, even 8 hours at the hospital to find out that there's nothing they can do.

It sucks, but I guess we get what we pay for right?


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Pam, Thank you so much.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I hate that they let you sit there with a fracture for so many hours. There is really no excuse for that when a simple x-ray showed the problem and the pain medication choice are both inadequate for a fresh fracture. I have been there and I know it hurts! Hope you heal quickly.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Victoria, Canada used to rank up higher but over the past 20 years or so I think we have dropped in ranks. Thank you for the votes and the follow.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love this rant! I have heard good things about France's health care. And also about Canada's actually. The good ole US of A is in need of some reform, which is being attempted in some ways, so we'll see. At any rate, this poem is awesome, regardless of anything happening in the real world. I love it, voted it up and all the way across, and now have to follow you, Just Ask Susan!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

They may have to go somewhere other than North America. I have read somewhere that France and Italy are the top 2 countries for health care but I'm sure some people would disagree with that.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I have friends who come to the US is they need immediate medical care. But what will they do once Obamacare kicks in?


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Sue, I am in Orillia and I've had far better treatment in Toronto hospitals and at Credit Valley Hospital when I lived in Mississauga. I hope that they gave you something for the spasms before you went home.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Susan,

So sorry to hear about your accident.

I live in Toronto and the waiting time here in emergency rooms isn't any shorter.

I remember being in the emergency all night with my mother while she laid on a gurney in the hall way.

Another time I hurt my back exercising. My back went into spasms. I don't drive so I had to call the ambulance.

I waited awhile before a doctor saw me. He gave me a prescription to fill. I proceeded to get off the gurney and I had another spasm. I asked them quite loudly, to please,"Give me something now."


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Bill,

We already have socialized medicine here in Canada.

Yes too many people that should be going to their doctor's office use the E.R.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

If you think waiting is a problem now just...wait.

Obamacare is coming!

In any case, waiting room waits are long because so many leeches use the ER as their doctor's office.

(And yes, they are leeches. Most of them have money for better cellphones than most of us have, but no money to pay for a doctor! That's why they use the ER when all they have a damn cold!)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I know eh :). My family doctor prescribed Demerol to me for a herniated disc as he knew I was allergic to codeine. The Naproxen that she did prescribe took down the swelling but didn't do much for the pain. Vicodin would have been nice :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Susan - and don't you think they could have given you a pain killer while you waited in the very least? And Tylenol 3 for a fractured ankle? Wow - you Canadians are tough:) we get Vicodin for that in the states:) lol lol


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruby, Yes times sure have changed. Thanks.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

barbergirl, Rant away, I don't mind. When one of my twins was about 3 he fell on the coffee table, jumping off the couch and split his eyebrow open...They took him right away and stitched him up. If they hadn't of I would have been screaming at them. Glad your son is okay from his head injury.

Thanks.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

It's ridiculous to have to sit in an emergency room that long with a fracture. I used to work the emg. room and we would prioritize. Times have really changed and it's shameful. Sorry about your accident..Get well soon..


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I always refuse to go to hospitals as well for the same reason.... I hate waiting!!! Take that back... despise the waiting game. Seriously, I don't understand what takes them so damn long. The only good experience (and by good I only mean smooth and realtively fast for emergency procedures) was when Max knocked his head. The only reason they got us back so quick was because he hit the back of his head and was bleeding from his nose. That was an alert from them, even though head injuries are top on the list anyway. But, once we got back in the room, it wasn't like the doctor was fast to see us... and they diagnose, order... wait...man - I better stop, my rant in the comments might soon get to be as long as the hub.

Hope you are feeling better!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, This hospital is probably the worst one I've ever been to and I am not the only one that complains about it. Nice that you and your sister got an apology for your long wait.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Susan - I feel for you. I've spent quite a bit of time in hospitals lately and have a few horror stories! My sister and I were in ER two weeks ago - they put her in a room for 4 hours before she was even seen!

I worked in an ER - I totally understand the triage process but you should have gotten better treatment and much faster. Hospitals understaff. I even heard the staff complaining about that. A fractured ankle shouldn't have to wait and they should have at least given you something for pain while you waited for goodness sakes. The doc when he finally saw us kept apologizing - he was super good and nice but I think he was the only doc on with the waiting room full.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dave, Yes I understand the Triage protocall but do not feel that it was followed this day. People with colds, sore throats and the flu were being seen before me and this irked me as I sat there in pain watching them come and go after I had been seen by the triage nurse.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Rosemay, Hospitals have changed a lot here in the past 20 years or so. I cannot imagine going to the emergency dept. for a cold or flu. But many people do and I find this ridiculous.

Thanks :)


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Susan: As a Canadian who has had the pleasure of visiting the Emerg/Trauma department of several hospitals. I have to tell you it is not uncommon to have to wait for help. Triage protocall is strictly followed. These departments are understaffed and the staff is over worked. The policy is to handle the most life threatening and dangerous illnesses or injuries first and the lesser ones are to follow. From the info you give the intake worker the severity of your injury is quickly assesed and you are placed in seriousness of injury almost immediately.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sunshine, He is doing much better, and has returned to work just this week. Not 100% healed yet but well on his way. Thank you so much for asking.

Ken, You know I thought of screaming and crying really loud to try and get in quicker but held it back as I didn't want to embarasss my son :)

Thanks so much for the suggestions and I will keep them in mind just in case there is a next time :)

I remember going to The Children's Hospital in Montreal when I was 12. They made me wait ten minutes. Has health care ever changed.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You make me thankful I live in New Zealand. We sometimes have a couple of hours wait here but not 5. The last time I went to A & E last year I was seen right away infront of others waiting.

I think a lot depends on the injury sometimes, colds and flu are easier to fix up and move out. Others just go into the too hard, can't be bothered basket.

Nursing staff just don't seem to have the compassion that they used to. It used to be a vocation, a calling, now its just a job.

Anyway I hope your foot heals quickly, but 200 hubs and a score of 100 should ease the pain a little. congrats


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

spotlight, The hospitals here used to be different until all the cutbacks happened.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

I found the best way to get quick attention is to fall down in an emergency room like you've passed out, they have no choice but to take you in and treat you to find out why you fell down, and now your at least ahead of the long wait otherwise.

Otherwise YES your absolutely correct a minimum of 5 hrs sounds just about the norm in all hospitals, maybe worse in the USA. Up here in Canada that's for sure the minimum, unless you role play and act it out with a scene as I've described above. LoL...I hope your foot is healing, at least you had two sons to come to your aid and get you to the slow hospital...I don't wish a hospital on anyone...it's not on my bucket list that's for sure...


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

How is your son doing? Is his issue healed up? I hope so! Looking forward to your next rant. You go girl!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sunshine, I try to stay away from the hospital but I was just there with my son a few weeks ago and his care was downright rotten. That is my next rant. :) Thanks and I hope to be up and walking in about another month.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cardisa, You just felt a poem coming on did you :)

If I had been in a larger city such as Toronto I don't think I would have waited so long.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Flora, I have seen this particular hospital emergency room crowed before but on this day it didn't seem that bad. People with colds that came in after I did were being seen and released before I got to see a doctor. Gets frustrating at times. Thanks!


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spotlight19 5 years ago from California

I dont like it when hospitals are like that it seems that they need to change the operation of the hospital somehow and I thought the hospitals from Canada were different.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Susan, Sorry about your accident and the pain. I hope you are doing better. Our emergency rooms in the US are exactly the same. Hours upon hours of waiting. Luckily I haven't been to one in 25 years and I hope I never have to be there. Understaffed and overworked. So many people with no health insurance and their only choice is the ER because the hospitals can NOT turn them away. It's very sad. Good luck with your healing :)


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Susan, I did wonder when you were gonna turn that pain around into a poem.

I hate hospitals....the same thing happens here.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I hear you-my grandmother spent hours in an emergency room one of the times she fell that was so crowded Mom waited with her half the day.

On a cheerful note-congratulations on hub #200!

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