Yesterday’s visit was a lesson in patience, or lack thereof. We arrived at 6:50am so I could register and get my EKG, chest x-ray, and labs out-of-the-way. Then off to the cath/biopsy area. I arrived there at 8:15am and settled in for my turn, which has historically been anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours after my arrival time. Well, we waited, waited and waited some more. 2 hours turned into 3, then 60 more minutes ticked off o make it four hours, which was beyond my wife’s limit. Once she gets tense, I start to feed off of that irritability and by the time the FIVE hour mark I was reaching the “hell on wheels” point. Fortunately for all involved, I was taken back about 30 minutes later and everything went well from that point forward.
The situation was caused by an emergency early in the morning. I can relate to emergencies better than most people, but the staff MUST communicate this to all of the people waiting, that have not had anything to eat or drink since the previous day.
Regardless, everything turned out well …… a 1-R biopsy, no med changes, just some standard follow up appointments with various doctors over the next 4 months.