Friday, October 24, 2008

The fun side of govt healthcare

One and a half hours.

One tiny waiting room.

One screaming and crying three year old. One screaming and teething (2 year molars are a bitch apparently) 22 month old.

One vial of blood taken before they gave up and told us to come back next week.

One barely sane mommy.

Sounds like fun doesnt it?

Then as they lead us back to the room they told me that because of Dash-1's size and the amount of test that they need blood for they'll have to do it in two separate rounds. He screamed and fought so much they could only get one vial before the two guys looked like they might have a breakdown and told us to come back next week. So now we have to go back and repeat this THREE times.

I still cant get over the fact that we waited an hour and a half, that they lost the orders and had to go searching for them and well that I waited an hour and a half. Sorry but I have to keep going back to that.


Really? Cause I got it and its got a LOT of kinks in it.


  1. I can only imagine how tedius, crazy and horrible that must have been. I'm not looking forward to having children and dealing with military hospitals.

  2. I so know how you feel! I've been going to miitary hospitals my entire life. You have to set aside an entire day for a doctor visit. And then you better hope you don't need any prescriptions. No telling how long that will take!

    My heart goes out to you and your little one for having all those needle pricks!

  3. Tricare...a great experiment in socialist medicine.

  4. Amen to Erin's comment!

    Can't help with the blood drawing thing, but I can suggest something for Dash-2's teething....

    Go to CVS or Rite-Aid or Walgreens...whichever is closest for you. Go to the pharmacy counter and ask for Hurricane Gel. It's an OTC, but controlled (like some cough meds) analgesic. It's the same stuff that dentists use to "prenumb" before they give a shot. It worked WONDERS for our son, for whom teething was horrid! Just a quick warning...use a small amount, and be sure to wash your hands after applying it...or if you accidently put your finger in your mouth, it'll go numb. My hubby tried it once, just to see how much it worked...he was pretty shocked, lol!

  5. well said, the system is overloaded

  6. I got the clogs at Payless for like twenty bucks and Airwalk makes them. They are awesome!

  7. ugh, that sucks!

    I keep telling people that about government sponsored healthcare! While it's great that I can get everything done in one clinic (see doctor, get tests done, get prescription) all the crap that we put up with to GET that probably puts us in the negative column. Unless they have NO healthcare at all, they don't want ours.

  8. I think a lot of the people who want government health care are people who won't be able to get health care because of pre-existing conditions otherwise. Even though I don't have an official MS diagnosis, because of the amount of testing I've had I will NEVER be able to get private insurance that is affordable. We work hard, and don't abuse the system, but that doesn't take away the fact that I'm too big of a risk.

    That being said - I'm sorry you had a crappy experience! I would have been majorly ticked too!

  9. PS - I hope you didn't think my post was bitchy - that wasn't my point, I promise! Just another thought....


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