14 Jan 2017

MY PERSONAL ER SERIE

Today's prompt : Hospital

One morning years ago the phone was ringing. On the other end of the line I heard somebody whisper with a very weak voice, and I heard "Can you come, help me please", suddenly I recognized the voice of my best friend Jeanine. I didn't ask anything, because we knew each other so well, no words were needed. I quickly dressed with whatever I just found, jumped in my car, opened the front door of her house with my spare key and found her laying half on the sofa and half on the floor, the telephone besides her.

I knew that she had chronically asthma and sometimes terrible attacks where her spray was not sufficient.I don't remember how I managed to carry her to my car and put her on the seat. In emergency situations you develop special strength. I drove as quickly as I could to the emergency service of our hospital. I managed to get a stretcher and she was pushed into a little room with a curtain and one seat for me and a nurse told me the doctor would come immediately.

My friend's face looked worse and worse and I could see her efforts to breath, I kept my eyes on my watch and realized that "immediately" was apparently a word you could stretch for hours. After 10 min I had enough. I went outside looking for a doctor or at least somebody who would take care of her. Nobody was visible. Suddenly I heard laughter and followed the noise and there they were all, the doctors and nurses, drinking their coffee, while my friend fought for her life. I saw red like a bull, stormed in the room and asked if somebody could come after all this was not a café but an emergency service. An angry nurse throw me out and said the doctor would come "immediately" yes I said, I know this word. The nurse went away and I sat down and suddenly I had an idea. I saw the sign "non smoking" looked in my purse and took out a cigarette which I lightened and blow the smoke out the little cabin as far as I could. Not one min later they all came in a hurry shouting and screaming that smoking was not allowed. Now I had them all the doctors and the nurses and other personal. Yes I said, I know but this is the only mean I found to get your attention, and as you can see my friend really needs help.

And then I got what I wanted thanks to a cigarette. One nurse threw the cigarette away and the doctor came and ordered to bring my friend for medical examination.

I waited outside for the results and then the doctor finally arrived and told me that it had been about time to bring her to the hospital I That was the summit ! I told him to watch the ER series on TV where he could see that everybody was running around and safe lives, while here they make coffee breaks and let people die and I had to lit a cigarette to get some attention ! In fact I told him smoking doesn't kill, but saves lives. The doctor had humour, he laughed and told me that now I shouldn't worry anymore about my friend and that he would watch the ER series, with a twinkle in his eyes. 

Conclusion, if you need attention in a hospital just light a cigarette, even if you are not smoking !








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9 comments:

Amy at love made my home said...

Oh gosh I do hope that your friend is alright. How terrible that you had to resort to this to get the help she needed.

Wendy said...

Id like to think that wouldn't happen here. I don't want to start carrying cigarettes around with me!

angelswhisper2011 said...

Unbelievable what man must do to get help, but thank Cat you were around to help your furriend :) Pawkisses for a Happy Caturday :) <3

Mara said...

I was thinking you were going for the fire alarm!

Andrew said...

Bad that you had to do that to get attention and I hope that wasn't the way things usually worked.

Maribeth said...

I shall have to remember that. I go into hospital February 16, for my next surgery. I hope they will pay more attention to me after the surgery than that!

Tamago said...

I've never thought smoking could do any benefit :-) You are very smart to have come up with that idea. Glad you finally got attention and your friend received care!

Loree said...

That was smart. It is disgraceful how patients get treated in ER sometimes.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You tell such a good story! ERs aren't much better here in this country even today. And they'll probably get worse because of you know who.