A Rant... Just Cos I Feel Like it

and cos I'm totally pissed.

By on May 10, 2014 10:21:52 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

starkers

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After waiting almost 2 years to see an ENT [Ear Nose & Throat] specialist at my local hospital [with regard to issues with my right ear and associated feelings of nausea and vertigo] I was seen just twice [for a total of about 25 minutes] then fobbed off by some inexperienced understudy of my assigned doctor. 

Bastards!!!!! 

Now all they did was look in my ear with a scope thingy and do a CT scan.  That's it and I was told that they could see nothing wrong with my ear and told me I would no longer be seen by the department... that if I required further treatment I would need to see my GP.  That was the advice, but it felt more like "piss off we can't be bothered.  So what about a MRI?  Blood tests?  Biopsies?  Something?  Anything?  Nope, none of that... "Go see your GP if you have further problems" 

Like WTF?   She referred me in the first place because she believed I had ENT issues after I had explained my symptoms and experiences to her.... eg: pain and discomfort; crackling and popping; tinitus; swelling of my face and neck immediately adjacent to my ear; loss of hearing at various times; difficulties in swallowing with the swelling in ny neck, and no longer being able to fly anywhere because my ear pops violently [and at not very high altitude] and it seriously hurts for anything up to 2 weeks afterwards.

Now all this was in the referral letter, but I feel like it was largely ignored.  All I got was a tongue depressor and "say ah", a fechen light shone in my ear and "that's all clear" and a CT scan which isn't able to see everything.  There are other things a MRI would show, and in fact could have shown some abnormality or other, but no, "you're not dying and we won't spend the money on it because of the monetary squeeze... send in another patient of a fucked up health system disease." 

Bastards!!!!! 

If I had nothing wrong with my ear, would I have waited 2 fechen years to see and ENT?  No, you can bet yer sweet bippy I wouldn't have.  I got better things to do with my time than wait around a fechen hospital for hours on end.  My 1st appointment was for 1.15pm one Monday afternoon, and there was plenty of activity in the department - doctors room hopping and having conflabs with each other about various patients, etc - but I did not get into see my allocated doctor until 4.00pm. Now being I was supposed to have been 1st cab off the rank that day, it was a poor show to say the least.

Bastards!!!!! 

Yeah, sure, I'm gonna sign myself up for a 3 hour hospital wait when there's fech all is wrong with me.  What were you thinking?  Something along the lines of: "Let's piss this bloke off enough that he won't want to come bach for a second appointment."?  Fact is, I turned up for my 2nd appointment!  Why?  Cos truly, there's something fechen wrong with my fechen ear you fechen idiots.

What's worse, they closed the case and I'm back at square one.  Obviously, I will go to see my GP because nothing was resolved and my condition has since worsened, and again she will refer me to the local hospital because I fall within its zone and not another, but again I will be put on a list to be put on a waiting list and have to wait another year or two before I get to see anyone... and then I won't get a choice of doctor, so I could end up with the same bastard I got last time.... that somebody who obviously doesn't give a fech.

And there's no use me complaining, either.  During my second visit an elderly man - who was obviously upset with his treatment, or should I say lack thereof - was removed from the hospital by police and charged with disorderly conduct, affray and resisting arrest.  C'mon, resisting arrest, for fech sake?  The bloke was in his 80's and somewhat frail.  And Affray?  All he did was raise his voice when staff refused him treatment and wouldn't listen to his pleas.

Sadly, this is what has happened to our hospitals.  When staff simply can't be bothered with this or that patient, they call security guards and/or police to have them removed... irrespective of their state of health.  Not so long ago a mental patient was shot dead by police because he "raised his hands in the air" and "became unmanagable"

Bastards!!!!!!!

Not only is this a sad indictment on our hospital system, it's an indictment on those who see health care as a monetary thing rather than a humanitarian one.  Penny pinching has caused so much grief, pain and suffering. It has created a situation where public hospital patients can be arrested, charged and even killed by police for merely trying to stand up for themselves.... when the real crime is the betrayal of those people in need of treatment yet are refused.

So, if and when I get another appointment, which I expect will be some way off, will I bother to attend?  Seriously, I don't know that I will.  The penny pinching will not have ceased - if anything it'll be worse by the time they're ready to fob me off again - so there is a lot of doubt as to whether it would do me any good or not. I may be that I'll save myself the grief and stick with seeing my GP, whatever medication she can prescribe to ease my symptoms.

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May 11, 2014 3:50:21 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I know just how you feel....I've been wasting my time with doctors sine August 2005. Same routine....waited months for a 15 minute visit resulting in nothing more than wasting my time and gas. It's not even worth getting into anymore. All that fancy equipment we seem to being paying for forever and just getting blank stares..."Ok...see you in another 2 months or more if we decide to reschedule you over and over." I just gave up.

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May 11, 2014 6:33:38 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting WebGizmos,

I know just how you feel....I've been wasting my time with doctors sine August 2005. Same routine....waited months for a 15 minute visit resulting in nothing more than wasting my time and gas. It's not even worth getting into anymore. All that fancy equipment we seem to being paying for forever and just getting blank stares..."Ok...see you in another 2 months or more if we decide to reschedule you over and over." I just gave up.

Yup, as far as getting treatment goes we're pretty much in the same boat.... more is the pity we can't row it right up the relevant politician's backside so's he can truly know what a pain in the ass feels like.

Sadly, there are pathetic waste of space doctors who care more about money than their patients, but here in Oz we have caring doctors who'd like to do all they can to help, it's just that their hands are too often tied with bureaucratic red tape... the penny pinching that leave some departments so under-funded and so understaffed while more popular ones are asked how much funding they want and get it.

Oh how I wish that I'd gone to medical school, so I could have become a proctologist to the politicians.... like think Steve Martin, the sadistic dentist in Little Shop of Horrors.... and how I'd stretch their colons right across the room as a more cost effective form of examination to those expensive scans.  Hehe, and think of the slap-back when I suddenly let go.  Now that's just gotta hurt.

The alternative would be urologist and a few over-zealous circumcisions, though I probably wouldn't get too many customers cos politicians like inflicting pain, not receiving it.  Then there's the indisputable fact that there's no end to the pricks.  Oh well, a political de-nutting would be just as satisfying.

Am I coming across as being a little sadistic here?

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May 11, 2014 7:34:39 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting starkers,
so I could have become a proctologist to the politicians

 

With all their heads so far buried up there... you would be in surgery 24/7..

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May 11, 2014 8:16:22 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Don't be old and retired in the U.S. now that obamacare is in effect.  They want them to die as they are a drain on the system.

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May 11, 2014 8:24:56 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Wondering what they'll turn up regarding the V.A. system.

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May 11, 2014 8:38:53 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

now wom, you know better than that. rick perry is the head of the death panel in texas. pence leads the panel here  in indiana. 'obamacare' is the reason my ex was able to get insurance since she now has a 'pre-existing condition'. she was almost killed in an auto accident in january and lost her spleen. her mom is a big time rwnj but she now supports 'obamacare'.

anyway, back to starkers.......rude, i hope you find the cause of your issues and get healthy soon. i know the feeling of lingering health issues. they aren't fun. i've dealt with deep vein thrombosis since 1996. some days aren't so bad but most days aren't fun at all.

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May 11, 2014 9:47:40 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting HG_Eliminator,


Quoting starkers, reply 2so I could have become a proctologist to the politicians

 

With all their heads so far buried up there... you would be in surgery 24/7..

Hehe, then they're in luck.  They qualify for a free lobotomy while I'm there.

Quoting WOM,

Don't be old and retired in the U.S. now that obamacare is in effect.  They want them to die as they are a drain on the system.

That's a bit like our universal healthcare... though it is not the fault of the system.  Rather it is the fault of greedy politicians with vested interests, and the fault of paid for bureaucrats who know how to cook the books so it looks like the system is bankrupt.  Truth be known, the system has enough money to provide more than adequate health care to all, but it is mismanaged, used corruptly and embezzelled from by those entrusted to manage the funds wisely and efficiently.  The same could probably be said for Obamacare, because there s nothing wrong with the concept, just the arsewipes who squimed their way into important positions so they could use it to feather their own nests at the expense of those most in need.

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May 11, 2014 9:58:11 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
Wondering what they'll turn up regarding the V.A. system.

That's easy Doc, the V.A. makes you drive 140 miles for a dental appointment, 80 miles for an eye exam, and the same for all medical visits. If they can't figure out your problem they send you to an outside specialist only as a last resort as it costs them money. But at least they pay you for mileage driven.

If you need to see a specialist, you have to wait months due to bureaucracy to see them in a lot of cases and it usually ends up with the same results of "we can't find anything wrong" basically in a lot of cases. Like me with degenerative spinal arthritis, I found something that helps but they only send me once a month to a Chiropractor that I need at least once every two weeks, and they only do it for six months and then I have to wait several months again until they get it approved for the next six months.

My ex had a serious problem and the V.A. could not figure it out either, so she said to hell with it and went to her private doctor and paid for it herself. He fixed the problem on the first visit.

So.... the V.A. is basically a waste. 

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May 11, 2014 10:07:46 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting MadDeez,
anyway, back to starkers.......rude, i hope you find the cause of your issues and get healthy soon. i know the feeling of lingering health issues. they aren't fun. i've dealt with deep vein thrombosis since 1996. some days aren't so bad but most days aren't fun at all.

Thanks, John, I appreciate your kind thoughts.  Like you, I have better days than others and I feel reasonably well, but then I have days when I just vege out because even minimal movement can cause extreme nausea and motion sickness.  I really appreciate those days when I'm able to go to the shops or just go for a short walk to the park... even to get out and mow the lawns.  Sadly, however, my worse days seem to outnumber my better days of late, and being fobbed off by the hospital just took away any hope of reversing that trend any time soon.

It's not like I'm asking for a transplant or anything, but I would like to spend a bit more quality time with my grandkids and share a happier me with them.  Hopefully my doctor will be able to offer some relief when I see her later this week.

 

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May 12, 2014 3:51:59 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Speaking of being sadistic, I've decided that the state health minister should do a bit of nude rodeo riding on one of the best, most aggressive bucking broncs there is.... and that his nuts be firmly superglued to the saddle prior to being let out of the stall.

Yup, that oughta do it

Yeah, I wrote to him with concerns about my treatment/lack thereof, and all I got was a reply from a minder saying: "The minister has read your enquiry with some interest and will bear it in mind."

Bear it in mind my arse!  I'll bet the prick didn't even read it, and that this minder was deliberately placed in the way so that disillusioned members of the public, people who are unhappy with the health system, cannot contact the one person who is in a position to do anything about it. Obviously the bastard doesn't want to help - do anything to improve the services which should be provided - hence the minder to intercept ALL approaches from the public.

Beats me why politicians bother to eat... after all the bastards are all gutless.

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