Editor, Hello, my name is Lynn Grantham. On Sept. 9, I had an appointment in the plaza behind the hospital with a doctor. As I waited, I started getting light-headed and could hardly breath. The doctor took me back and found my blood pressure was up. At this point, I started having chest pains and was still having a hard time breathing.
The doctor said, “You need to go to the ER”
I did not want to, but he insisted. So, I think I’m going to walk five seconds or drive to it, but no, he called an ambulance. They took me right in, but no one came in my room until finally a girl came from the lab to take blood. Then they came and took me to X-ray. Still no doctor.
I kept telling the nurse it was getting worse she gave me three nitro pills during the course of an hour. It got worse and the nurse kept saying she would tell the doctor to come. Well, I got there at 1 p.m. and at about 3 p.m. he came in and did not say a word. He looked at me and said they were running tests. I could hardly understand the doctor because he talked down to me, not up.
The pain got worse. I called my husband and told him to come get me and take me to Savannah. By that time, I was really hurting. I undid all the stuff and went to the desk at about 5:15 p.m. to tell them I was leaving.
When a patient comes in with chest pains and gets treated like a roach that has been stepped on, that’s not good. They need to get someone in the ER who can speak English and at least ask you how you feel.