Unlike other posts that have been posted here regarding the health care system, and the talk about a nationalized government health care take over, I thought that I would write about my personal experience.
On Saturday, August 1, 2009, at 3:15 p.m. in the afternoon, I was at my computer, all of a sudden I started experiencing chest pain, jaw pain, arm pain, and I broke out in a cold sweat. I figured what the heck, did a quick search on the Internet for “what are the signs of a heart attack“. Wouldn’t you know the symptoms described was exactly what I was experiencing.
Being one not to panic, I decided to lay down and see if the symptoms would pass. By 3:45 p.m. the symptoms were not getting better, a call to 911 was in order. Fifteen minutes later, a team of three paramedics arrived. All I remember them saying was lets get him loaded up and get him to the hospital.
I arrived at the emergency room sometime around 4:25 p.m. When I had arrived at the ER a swarm of doctors and nurses were buzzing around me like angry hornets. What appeared to me as chaos was a choreographed ballet of medical professionals doing their job.
Questions flew around the room regarding, family history, allergies, history of bleeding, drug usage and or abuse, blood samples being taken left and right, EKG’s being run, the cardiac surgeon had been notified and the cardiac lab was prepped and already for me when I arrived.
By this time I had been given 2mg of morphine, eight aspirins, one percocet, three sub-lingual nitroglycerin tablets, 10cc of heparin, and a few other drugs to thin my blood, control pain and to keep me calm me down, and another drug to numb up my lower right leg.
By now a total of one hour and 20 minutes had passed since the symptoms began. At approximately 5:45 p.m., the cardiac lab had me all prepped and ready for the angiogram procedure. By 6 p.m. they had found the blockage in my heart and by 6:05 they had the stent in place, took a few additional pictures of my heart and found nothing else. By 6:30 p.m I was in the cardiac care unit (CVU) resting and having a team of nurses looking in on me.
Total time from the call made to 911 to being in the CVU unit: two hours 45min.
The whole experience was extremely fast from my perspective of time, not once was I asked for insurance, or for how this was going to be paid for. Quite the opposite, one of the nurses actually leaned in and said to me do not worry about how this will be paid for, if needed we will have a hospital representative come and talk to you.
Now I wonder, why would anyone say that our health care system is broken? The speed in which I was transported, diagnosed, treated and put into a cardiac care unit was extraordinarily fast. I wonder how in the world would of this whole experience would of been different if President Obama had his way with a national health care system?
The current health care system worked for me. It was fast, efficient and incredibly caring. Not once did I see dollar signs in the eyes of the doctors and nurses. They did their job with out thinking worrying where the money was going to come from. The medical care professionals that worked on me over a period of 60 hours were more concerned about my well being.
My worry is how much of this would change under the plan that the U.S. goverment would handle health care? Do you really want those on Capital Hill making decisions for you or or your doctors?