I went to ER for skin infection Sun night. Had IV w/ 2 antibiotics & pain meds. The Dr. drew a line around infection, told me to get sleep, fill prescription when I wake up, but come back to ER if infection spread beyond line; that would mean I need to be admitted to hospital.
I left ER 6 AM woke 11:30 AM & infection spread about 2 inches past line. So went back to ER.
The Dr. asked reason for coming. I told about previous night. Wasn't in a room, just a bed in hallway. She said she needed to see infection, (my groin area). Dr. gave no privacy; lowered my pants to show her.
Dr asked about meds taken. Said hadn't filled scrip cuz infection already spread past line when I awoke. Dr. said, "U didn't even fill ur prescription!? U need to take ur medication or u're going to end up in the hospital!" I said it was 6 AM when I left. The Dr. said it would be OK to go home & sleep first. Dr. shook head, said, "No u need to fill ur scrip."
Nurse came to flush IV & said, "So u just come in to get ur daily dose of medication huh?" I said no &explained.
Discharge nurse came to take IV out & said, "This is gonna hurt, but really there's no way around it." Pulled IV out in opp. direction of way it went in.
I said, "I'm having a hard time understanding y the Dr last night said to come back to ER if infection spread past line. So I did, because it had spread by the time I woke up, & this Dr is acting like the infection has spread because I haven't taken my medication."
She said, "Sounds like u're getting 2 different stories, but it's probably spreading cuz u don't take ur medication."
I had left work early Sun night to go to ER, then called in on Mon because I thought I'd be in the hospital. They said it was fine but to get a Dr.'s note. So I swallowed all the anger I was feeling & asked for Dr.'s note.
She said, "Dr.'s note for what?"
I said, "Missing work."
She said, "For tonight? I don't think we do that, but I'll ask."
My bed was in hallway, next to the nurses station, so I watched her walk up to Dr & heard her ask Dr. for a note for me.
I heard the Dr. say, "What! She wants a Dr.'s note for tonight!? Oh my God. So she's just lazy by not taking her meds & is just trying to get out of work!? Oh well, whatever, I don't care, OK, just give it to her."
I've never in my life felt more humiliated or dehumanized! I want to file a complaint or do something! But not sure where to go or who to do it through. Any advice? I'm just completely appalled that this is how people are treated in the hospital!
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