Sunday, April 22, 2012
The Emergency Room Drama
Have you ever entered an emergency room with a loved one, scouring the room to find the perfect place to sit? You all know what I'm talking about. You're praying for an empty room...but it's probably not. You look out at the sea of faces, trying to determine which ones are too sick to sit next to, which ones are too crazy to sit next too, which ones might possibly be too dangerous to sit next to. Come on, I know you all have done this. Please tell me I'm not the only one. Last night, at 9 pm, Kumaka and I went to the ER with a possible broken leg. As I scanned the room there weren't too many open seats for one and a wheelchair. I finally decided to sit behind a very bohemian looking 20 something and his probable mother. He didn't look sick or like he was going to stab me if I glanced at him. Kumaka and I were playing on the phone, the bohemian dude got called back. Minutes later he returned, standing right next to Kumaka's wheelchair, talking loudly with the security guard. Talking about getting arrested if he did not get admitted and that sort of thing. Talking about only wanting to see a certain doctor. I very subtly moved Kumaka to the other side away from agitated boho guy. Everyone was staring at the guy, he wasn't really making sense. All of a sudden, Anaheim PD show up. I felt impressed to take my child from the room. I had a distinct picture in my head of this boho guy resisting arrest and falling on top of my sweet little boy and me getting arrested for kicking his butt. So I not so subtly got up and wheeled Kumaka out of the waiting room to another area of the hospital. I went to the restroom, came out, looked through a window into the ER and lo and behold, boho has his hands behind his back, and the officers are having to try to force him down because he is resisting arrest. The guy was screetching for his mother and it was very unsettling. I'm glad I left....and I learned you really should just sit next to the guy with all the tattoos and piercings. It'll give you something to talk about....and he most likely won't be holding in a lifetime of pain.
Kumaka has a broken femur...and will be going back in the spica cast. Bummer.