A Disappointing Reality
It's crazy how much medical emergencies can put life into perspective. One minute, you are planning your husband's birthday. The next, you are praying that your relative makes it out of his surgery ok.
When you hear bad news, life is suddenly not as hectic. The million little things that usually keep you busy and cause you annoyance, suddenly do no exist. Time is slow. Yet, does not offer any comfort in its longevity. On the contrary, it feels heavier than ever.
What makes the situation worse is if this happens in a place where you do not trust the medical system. You do not know who to call, which hospital will offer the best care or which doctor you should trust with your life.
I have heard over and over again that patients and their families had to "beg" a doctor for his attention or feared to get a second opinion as that might offend their existing physician. Some, force patients in critical states to transfer hospitals, not for better treatment options, but purely for political considerations. It is terrible and very disappointing.
What would you do if this happened with you? Would you take a stand and complain or would you just accept it as a reality?