Yesterday was not the best ever. On the other hand, it could have been much worse.
I basically had a day of experiencing, live and in HD, the southern California emergency care system for the first time in a long time.
My Mom took my Grandma to the emergency room yesterday.. So I unexpectedly threw on some clothes and drove the hour and a half to join her. My Grandma's fine - she has had some.. falling spells? And is lacking some of her usual feist. So I drove down to join them because sure I wanted to assess the situation, but mostly because my Mom's kind of been running herself ragged and I wanted to make sure she.. you know, ate. So my morning consisted of breaking into the patient section of the ER (I am both delightfully sneaky and charming - FACT) and bringing them Subway sandwiches so we could throw lettuce all over the hospital.
Then Bub alerted me that he needed to go to urgent care... He had yet another date with a cup yesterday morning, and I am somewhat sad to report that the urgent care visit was not in any way a result of some sort of porn catastrophe.
A late manly Monday fact - Bub is the worst patient in the history of ever. He once got in a gnarly car accident and was outraged that I took him to the hospital. His uvula was once swollen so bad that it was stuck down his throat, and he was horrified that I made him go to urgent care. So for him to announce to me that we were going.. I assumed he had lost a limb or at the very least was texting me whilst on fire.
Mind you - we're used to having to go to Cedar Sinai, an excellent hospital in LA (if you're a celebrity that's where you give birth or overdose). Much like a swanky Hollywood nightclub, it's delightful once and if you get in - but in this case you get in right away only if you are a celebrity or you have lost a limb. (I once sat in the waiting room for 6 hours with a kidney stone, passed it, and then left without being seen). So hospital options definitely puts one up on the scoreboard for living outside of Hollywood.
So I left my Grandma at the ER (again, she's fine), drove the now 2 hour drive to get home, let the dogs peediddle, did 10 seconds of work and got dressed. Then Bub and I went to a ghetto fabulous urgent care which was empty, the Doctor was lovely, the whole thing took an hour and they sent him home with some pain pills... Looks like he probably is having a kidney stone, won't know until he gets an ultrasound tomorrow.
Sidenote: yes, feel bad for him, poor Bubba. Also know that G-d is smiting him for when I have had kidney stones, and he looked at me and said "do we really have to go to the hospital?"
So Jenny is now an expert in the many shades of healthcare available in the greater Los Angeles area.
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And now for some good vibe requests.
This is Jenn who we all know I have a lesbian crush on. She has had a little scare with her pregnancy and is finding out what's going on tomorrow. Visiting her and sending good vibes is wildly encouraged.
This is LeslieGail, who is one of my newer lesbian internet crushes. She is lovely. Her pregnancy is coming to an end, which is devastating and good vibes are also wildly encouraged.
As if that weren't shitty enough, her Doctor acted like a huge, unbelievable asshole and I have been enraged all day on her behalf. So enraged that I'm wondering what can be done about this kind of situation? Just review someone like that online, send a letter on her behalf? I'm not sure. Leslie wrote him a well thought out eloquent letter in response to it - which shows what a lovely and mature person she is.. I would've been halfway through peeing on the roof of his car before it occurred to me there may be a better way to handle it.
I understand that there a large quantity of asshole Doctors out there with absolutely zero bedside manner - which makes me appreciate the wonderful ones holding down the fort even more. I also understand that some of our demands and expectations can be stressful - it's a stressful situation.
But understanding? Required. It is fucking outrageous that there are RE's who do not understand that what is a 15 minute discussion in their day which they will quickly move on from has the power to completely destroy a womans already fragile mental state.
There is, of course, a shit ton of bad news that has to be delivered to women from these offices on a daily basis. But an RE allowing his frustrations or personal shit to color how he delivers the information is unacceptable. For you, a bad day or temporary frustration is something that you will get over in a day or two - however, for that woman, however you handle the delivery of that information has the potential to traumatize her.
Jesus. Maybe their needs to be a site exclusively dedicated to rating RE's and their bedside manner. It maybe wouldn't save us a lot of grief but it would certainly help us decide who we want with us when we're grieving.