Talking about healthcare.....I just read this on Reddit.com
Shoutout to our Health Services
Was feeling weird last weekend. Tired with mad heartburn that would not fuck off despite a gallon of Mylanta. Peaked about 2 in the morning with unbearable pain, cold sweats etc. Start to actually panic and hyperventilate, call an ambo from pure lack of knowing what else to do.
Speak to operator, who keeps me on the line til the ambo arrives about six minutes later. I meet them out the front in a bit of a panic, and these blokes do not fuck around. Into the back of the van, undressed in about thirty seconds while they attach this and that, inject me with fentanyl, monitor all the life signs while trying to find the best hospital in the area to treat. Literally 30 things going on all at once, if any one of them had failed I was fucked, and these guys were like a well oiled machine, never missed a beat. At Royal Melbourne Hospital about 20mins from phoning 000.
Pull into hospital, there's like 10 people waiting for me. Mention it seems like there's a bit of a fuss over some heartburn, ambo laughs and tells me I'm in severe cardiac arrest. Holy shit.
Rushed inside, shaved down, electrodes attached everywhere, cardiologist on standby wheels me into surgery, works some black magic by shoving a wire into my wrist, working it up the arm into the heart, finds the problem, sorts it, whacks a stent in and I'm put into recovery.
It's been an hour and a half since I called the ambos, and I'm lying in a bed recovering from a serious health issue. Unbelievable.
They keep me for four days, and whatever nurses are paid it's not enough. They work crushing shifts, their knowledge of what is happening on the ward for all 40-odd patients, while being the nicest people on the planet. My appreciation for them knows no bounds. You want to know what professional looks like, spend some time in hospital.
Spend my time in there watching youtube clips of Americans arguing against universal healthcare. Still got no idea what the fuck they're on about.
Major props to our system. Have no doubt it has it flaws and there's some horror stories if you look for them, but for this end user you literally could not impress me more, from start to finish. Hats off to everyone involved with my little crisis, you were all superstars.