3.04.2007

ouch

Well, I had my first experience with a hospital emergency room in Mississauga. I'm fine, and feeling a little silly that I went to the hospital, but I guess that's how it is when it turns out nothing's wrong.

Walking the dogs yesterday morning, I slipped on the ice and fell. Hard. And my head hit the sidewalk - hard.

It's been warm during the day, the snow melts, then it's colder at night, everything freezes again, and in the morning the sidewalks are treacherous. There was a light dusting of snow obscuring the ice, and the next thing I knew, I was flat on my back. There's nothing quite like the sound of your own head slamming down on the pavement.

I wasn't knocked out, and I got up, found my glasses in the snow (all bent out of shape) and limped home. Allan took me to get my glasses fixed, but after he went to work, I had a horrible headache. Half my family is in the health professions, and I've known a few people with head injuries, so I know you have to take it seriously. I don't have a car on Saturdays (Allan drives to work), so I called a cab and went to Trillium.

What can I say? It was the same as hospitals anywhere. Much less crowded than an emergency room in New York City where half the people are there for primary health care, but more crowded than your doctor's waiting room. It was probably busier on a weekend when the walk-in clinics are closed, but it wasn't what I would call an overcrowded zoo.

I waited, I was seen, I was fine. I have a mild concussion, and today I feel like I had the most strenuous workout of my life. Every muscle hurts. But nothing worse than that.

As I said, I feel a little foolish that I went to the hospital. But if Allan had fallen, I would have said, Go. My sister (a nurse) said, if it were my child, I'd take them to the ER. So in my attempt to treat myself as well as I would treat others, I went.

The moral of the story is don't walk your dogs on the ice.

16 comments:

loneprimate said...

Yow, I'm glad you're okay. :( I have a friend who's currently in emergency, waiting for a room. The last few days have been hard on the emergency rooms around here, and I think mainly for reasons like yours... injuries related to the storms...

Ferdzy said...

Ouch indeed. Glad to hear nothing too serious.

And, damn! When is winter going to be over? I'm past ready for spring, or at the very least a break in the snow.

James said...

Yeah, that melt-freeze cycle is always fun. Lori did a spectacular one last winter, except she landed on her face instead of her back (her arms were full and she couldn't drop the stuff fast enough to catch herself). Took a while to get the nosebleed to stop. She looked like a raccoon for a week.

M@ said...

Glad it wasn't too serious -- you definitely did the right thing in going to the hospital.

L-girl said...

Thanks guys. I appreciate it.

When is winter going to be over? I'm past ready for spring, or at the very least a break in the snow.

Can't say I disagree with that! I love the cold, but I am getting sick of the snow.

Spring Training has started so I know it can't be long now...

MSEH said...

Ohmygosh, glad to hear you're okay. A 19 year old man here fell and hit his head, was knocked out, and died from hypothermia. An 88 year old woman in Duluth - where they were having 50-60 mph winds and snow drifts 15' high - fell and almost got covered with snow before someone found her and helped her up. Not to sound panicky, but just to say that, YES, you are absolutely right about being really careful with the ice!!! And, yes, glad you got checked out. Again, glad to hear you're okay!

Jere said...

I think a funny twist to this post would've been to mess up every fourth word or something on purpose. Then when people start asking, just say "Oh, no, I'm yllatot fine, seriously, nothing to w658y about. Just a ltlite bump."

Glad you're okay:))))

L-girl said...

Then when people start asking, just say "Oh, no, I'm yllatot fine, seriously, nothing to w658y about. Just a ltlite bump."

Wish I'd thought of that! :)

A 19 year old man here fell and hit his head, was knocked out, and died from hypothermia.

I'll tell you all why I'll always take head trauma seriously.

When I was in college (university), a classmate of mine got in a scuffle and was accidentally thrown off balance and hit his head. He thought he was fine, went home, went to sleep, and went into a coma.

The next morning his roommate couldn't wake him up, and called an ambulance. He was in a coma for several days. The whole school was on tenterhooks waiting for word on his recovery. He died.

It was extremely upsetting, as you can imagine. I tear up thinking about it today.

The school did a huge education blitz about head injuries and the necessity to always see a doctor after suffering any trauma to the head. Clearly, it's something I've never forgotten.

L-girl said...

And thanks again for all your nice wishes. Everybody be careful, ok?

mkk said...

Ouch is right. So glad you're OK. I agree that you were quite right to go to the hospital -- nothing silly about it. Hope you feel fine now.

Mason5280 said...

There is nothing worse that that feeling - first falling and hitting your head - then the mental game you play: go to the hospital/don't go/go/don't go! That's worse sometimes. Rest well!

James said...

There is nothing worse that that feeling - first falling and hitting your head - then the mental game you play: go to the hospital/don't go/go/don't go! That's worse sometimes. Rest well!

When in doubt, go. Let the experts decide whether it's serious. No-one who's just been whacked in the head can be sure they're in a fit state to decide whether they're in a fit state.

L-girl said...

Let the experts decide whether it's serious.

Right. That's a good way to put it...

No-one who's just been whacked in the head can be sure they're in a fit state to decide whether they're in a fit state.

...and a good way to remember it. :)

Dick Hertz said...

Ohmigod!

You went to a Canadian hospital and lived to tell about it?!? I mean, I didn't even know they had hospitals in Canada. Everyone in the U.S. knows that the Canadian Health (S)care System is a terrible, inefficient, bureaucratic socialist nightmare. Because the government runs it, the care you get is on par with the average Third World country. I hear the "doctors" have to fend off the Majestik M00se and the beavers while they're working on you. Of course it's true, I read all about it on the Drudge Report and in the Washington "Moonie" Times!

On a more serious note, it's a good thing you could go get checked out without fear of getting a bill the size of the U.S. national debt. I think that acts as a strong disincentive for a lot of people to go to the hospital for injuries like yours. It's so bad that a couple of hospitals in Illinois, Catholic ones at that, actually lost their tax-exempt status for being overly aggressive (read: Seizing homes, having patients thrown in jail) about collecting the inflated fees.

Here's a dirty secret: If you're uninsured in the U.S. and go to the ER, you pay the highest rates. That's because uninsured patients don't have a helluva lot of bargaining power. The same cannot be said of insurance companies.

Crabbi said...

Hi L, Glad you're OK!

L-girl said...

Thanks Crabbi :)