First off, I’m currently a contractor, I f I don’t work I don’t get paid. My only insurance is the veteran’s Administration.
I learned a really valuable lesson this week. When you are overweight, have diabetes, are hypertensive and almost 60 NEVER use the word “chest pain”. For a week I have been waking up with a pain in my chest, never thought it was my heart. I thought I was having an acid reflux or something like that. So I called my VA doctor for an appointment. She said Go to the ER right now!! I repeated my request but there was no dissuading her.
I didn’t go, I walked into the VA clinic a couple of days later. After being scared out of my mind that I had had possibly as many as 7 heart attacks I allowed myself to be put in an ambulance and taken to Winter Park Hospital in FL. I figured I would have an EKG maybe a sonogram, and then get to see someone about acid reflux.
It didn’t work out that way, I had those tests, but each one proved inconclusive so I had to have more, each more invasive than the last, until 4 days later I found myself having a plastic tube shoved up my groin into the arteries around my heart where the final pronouncement was, You Have No Heart Problems. They suggested I go back to the VA and see someone about acid reflux!!!
I am now on bed rest from the stupid procedures so I miss an entire week of work that I could not afford, I have bruises in places I don’t want to talk about, I feel awful from living on child portions of food all week and never getting a good night’s sleep for a week.
I just had to share.
One last thing, the first day in the hospital they gave me a spiritual assessment, which I failed. So they told me I had to be seen by a religious counselor and asked me which demonization I preferred. I told them to refer to my chart where it says in the religion column, “None”. But rules is rules. I was able to persuade the nurse to asses me again so I lied about my answers and scored high enough to not need a counselor, because refusing just made my case worse.
Someone here is going to say, Hey, at least you know you don’t have a heart problem. I already knew, what I know now is doctors do not listen and I am out a $1700 paycheck and I am in a LOT more pain than I was a week ago and my balls have been shaved by a Cambodian male nurse.