Sunday, June 15, 2008

An Experience I Would NOT Recommend

The following sequence of events is something I would NOT recommend trying:

1) Being stressed out from trying to cram 3 days worth of work into 1 day.

2) Letting your high blood pressure prescription run out and not refilling it.

3) Working 45 minutes past your normal time of day.

4) Failing to consume an adequate supply of water on one of the hottest days of the year.

5) Walking out into a black asphalt parking lot.

6) Blacking out and doing a faceplant into the pavement.

7) waking up surrounded by paramedics and barely able to breathe due to nose and mouth full of blood.

8) Spending the next three days in the hospital while doctors run a battery of tests to conclusively prove that your blackout had medical cause whatsoever. While wearing a cervical collar for two of those three days.

9) Being under close observation for those 3 days in what the hospital euphemistically calls the "Close Care unit", or, as I came to know it, the "reasonable facsimile of what a 3rd world hospital ward would look like if it had electricity and modern medical monitoring equipment."

Perhaps the only bright side from the whole experience came from the fact that I was not asked to provide insurance information before I was admitted. I guess if it's a genuine emergency, this hospital still acts like the patient matters first.

For the time being, anyway.

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